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ABIT IC7-Max3 (Intel 875P)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 21st October, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Following the success of their earlier IC7-G, ABIT is back with a more powerful motherboard offering based on the latest and greatest P4 chipset, Canterwood. This 875P board comes with more than the usual fare of features as it is truly made for the power user and overclocker in mind. We're sure most of you would have caught a glimpse of the OTES cooling solution in ABIT's range of graphics cards, so it wouldn't be a surprise at all to find OTES on the motherboard. The question of how it is applied, where it is placed and why it is needed will be answered and explored shortly in the following pages.

Besides that, ABIT has also revised some of the on-board motherboard features and it now comes with more support for future devices. In addition to that, the Serillel bracket has been replaced with something that's more interesting and probably quite useful. Known as Secure IDE, this bracket lets one protect data in the hard drive without any messy software installation or passwords.

Here's the list of items found inside the motherboard package :-

  • ABIT IC7-MAX3 motherboard
  • I/O plate
  • 4x SATA cables
  • 2x SATA power cables (with 4x SATA power adapters)
  • USB 2.0 & IEEE 1394 bracket
  • Rounded floppy drive cable
  • Rounded ATA-133 cable
  • ABIT secure IDE (with cables and two keys)
  • User's manual
  • SATA driver disk and CD installation disk
  • Quick installation guide
  • ABIT case badge sticker

    A piece of ATA-133 and a piece of floppy rounded cables were provided in the package.

    The full technical specifications of the motherboard is listed in the table below :-

    ABIT IC7-MAX3 Technical Specifications
    • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium 4 / Celeron processors
    • Intel® Celeron Processors 1.7GHz - 2.0GHz or higher (400MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.06GHz or higher (533MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.2GHz or higher (800MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors Extreme Edition 3.2GHz or higher (800MHz FSB)
    • Supports processors at 400 / 533 / 800MHz front side bus
    • Supports processors with Hyper-Threading technology
    • Intel 875P Memory Controller Hub
      • AGP 4x/8x slot (1.5V only) with fast write capability
      • Supports Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT)
      • Supports 533/800MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus
      • Supports up to 4GB of DDR333 or DDR400 SDRAM memory
      • Supports single/dual channel memory configuration
      • Supports ECC memory
    • Intel ICH5R I/O Controller Hub
      • Eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports
      • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports
      • Supports SATA RAID 0
      • Dual channel Ultra ATA/100 IDE bus master controller
      • PCI bus mastering v2.3
      • I/O APIC
      • Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management
    Cache memory
    • CPU Built-in 128KB L2 cache for Celeron
    • CPU Built-in 512KB L2 cache for Pentium 4 (Northwood)
    • CPU Built-in 512KB L2 and 2MB L3 cache for Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
    System memory
    • 4x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
    • Supports up to 4GB of unbuffered and non-registered single/double-sided DDR266/333/400 SDRAM memory
    • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
    • Supports configurable ECC function
    • Supports dual-channel DDR400 / DDR333 / DDR266 memory configuration
    • 2x Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE ports integrated in ICH5R (up to 4 devices)
      • Support for PIO, Ultra DMA-33, Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE operating modes
    • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports supported by ICH5R
      • Up to 150MB/s transfer speeds
      • Supports software RAID 0 or 1
    • 4x Serial ATA/150 ports supported by Silicon Image SiI3114
      • Supports RAID 0, 1 or 0+1
    I/O Interface
    • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
    • PS/2 Keyboard
    • PS/2 Mouse
    • 8x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear and 4x front by cable)
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN jack (powered by Intel 82547EI)
    • Audio connectors (Line In, Mic In, Rear Out, Center/Subwoofer Out, Front Out) - powered by Realtek ALC650
    • 1x Optical S/PDIF input (on back panel I/O)
    • 1x Optical S/PDIF output (on back panel I/O)
    • 3x fan headers
    • 3x IEEE 1394a ports (1x rear and 2x on-board headers)
    Expansion slots
    • 5x 32-bit master PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant (supports 3.3V and 5V PCI bus interface)
    • 1x AGP Pro 4x/8x slot (0.8V/1.5V only)
    Power Management
    • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) v2.0
    Form Factor
    • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24.4cm
    • Fits into regular ATX case
    • 4Mbit (512KB) Flash EEPROM
    • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI, DMI, Wake on LAN, Wake on Modem, RTC Alarm and STR support
    • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, SATA, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4
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