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NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : ABIT Fatal1ty AN8
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 25th May, 2005


ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 (Introduction)

Since ABIT got hold of Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel to be their spokesperson, they have lost no time in designing a whole product line-up, which capitalizes on the champion gamer's name. Marketed as the 'crème de la crème' of gaming essentials, the ABIT Fatal1ty products feature radical designs and exorbitant cooling solutions. While you may not necessarily find them to be the most feature packed products, they are designed with performance foremost in mind. Thus said, the first motherboard in our NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra shootout is ABIT's top candidate, the Fatal1ty AN8.

The ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard.

The packaging of the Fatal1ty AN8 consists of the following components:-
  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • IEEE 1394a (2 ports) and USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • AudioMAX module
  • OTES RAMFlow module
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • User's manual

    ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    Chipset
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • 20 lanes fixed PCI Express configuration
      • Supports up to 6 PCI  v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
      • Dual controller SATA II architecture
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
      • IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
    • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
    • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
    • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
    Storage
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
      • Supports RAID Morphing
      • Supports cross-controller RAID
    Audio
    • ABIT AudioMAX
      • Realtek ALC658 6-channel audio CODEC
      • 6-Channel surround I/O ports
      • Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out
    Networking
    • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Vittesse SimplyPHY VSC8201 PHY chip (Transceiver)
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA II connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 4 x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (1 x rear, 1 x bracket)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • µGuru
    • OTES
    • CPU ThermalGuard
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
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