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ABIT AW9D-MAX review

ABIT AW9D-MAX (Intel 975X Express - Core 2 Ready)

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Introduction

Flight of the Phoenix

Ever since their last big tie up with gaming prodigy Fatal1ty in 2004, ABIT has been lurking around the backwaters losing ground in the motherboard market not only to long time competitors ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI, but players like Foxconn, ASRock and ECS. From the once legendary motherboard manufacturer to have brought about the iconic BH6/BE6 series of motherboards and SoftMenu jumperless overclocking more than a decade ago, we're beginning to see some signs of a revival. Instead of banking again on the crowded Fatal1ty-endorsed product market, their latest flagship product sees the return of a different ABIT heritage - another MAX motherboard.

The AW9D-MAX is a Core 2 ready board based on Intel 975X Express chipset targeted at the gaming and enthusiast community. The AW9D-MAX is really the successor to the AW8D-MAX motherboard, which was ABIT's first and very late (only launched around April 2006) attempt at an ultimate 975X Express motherboard. Since the AW8D-MAX didn't have Core 2 support, many have waited in anticipation for the AW9D-MAX, which we now have on hand. Not only does the new AW9D-MAX fully support Intel's Core 2 processors, ABIT is already selling the point that it's Quad Core ready as well. If you've been checking up on our recent IDF Fall updates, you'll know that these processors are just around the corner.

The AW9D-MAX peripheral bundle is listed below:-

  • 7 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • FireWire-400 (2 ports) and USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • AudioMAX HD riser card
  • Optical S/PDIF cable
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD and diskettes
  • User's manuals and guides