Abit AN-M2HD mATX Motherboard

Introduction

Introduction

With the huge focus on Intel's Core 2 line of CPUs, AMD have been left somewhat behind in the world of technology. But with the huge price drops that AMD have enforced over recent months AM2 has become a more than attractive option for the less raw power-hungry users out there. Today I'll be looking over a mATX offering from Abit, the AN-M2HD. This board has been developed with the Hi-def Home Theatre PC in mind. Lets see how this board fairs in the OC3D Labs.

Packaging

The AN-M2HD is presented to us in a light green box, depicting what I can only describe as a cell-shaded lady demoing the board in a theatre set-up. There's the usual logos from AMD, Nvidia and the board manufacture to draw attention to what the product boasts.
 
AN-M2HDBox_f

The rear of the box lays down a lot of detailed information about the product inside and the accessories, that both accompany, and are available separately for it.

AN-M2HDBox_B

The motherboard and accessories are all kept separate in Abit's familiar method. Abit use of clever inserts create compartments for each item.

AN-M2HDBox_in

Underneath we see the board is held in place and protected by the cardboard insert.

AN-M2HDBox_board


Package

The accessories that accompany the board are quite generous and include:
  • User manual
  • Driver CD
  • I/O backplate
  • Flat IDE cable
  • Flat Floppy cable
  • 4x SATA cables
  • USB & Fierwire module
  • DVI to HDMI cable
 
AN-M2HDPack

I must say that its nice to see Abit including the DVI to HDMI cable to save the end user buying one separately.

Specification

Taken directly from Abit's site:
 
# CPU Designed for AMD® Socket AM2 Processors with 2000M T/s system bus using Hyper Transport Technology
# AMD® Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
# Chipset NVIDIA® GeForce®7050PV/nForce 630a
# Dual Head Display Controller
Full NVIDIA nView multi-display technology capability, with independent display controllers for one digital HDTV and one analog monitor
# Memory 4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 8GB
# Supports Dual Channel DDR2 800 un-buffered ECC / Non-ECC memory
# Graphics Integrated GeForce7 Series Shader model 3.0 DirectX9 graphics
# Programmable PureVideo HD Video Processor
# HDMI Integrated TMDS interface with HDCP key
# LAN Gigabit Ethernet
# Audio On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC
# Auto Jack Sensing and optical S/P DIF Out
# Expansion Slots 1 x PCI-E X16, 1 x PCI-E X1, 2 x PCI
# Internal I/O 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88M B
# 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 IDE Connector
# 4 x USB 2.0 header (support 8 ports)
# 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector
# 1 x IEEE1394 header
# 1 x S/P DIF Out header
# Back Panel I/O 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
# 7.1 CH HD Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)
# 4 x USB2.0, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector, 1 x 1394
# 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub, 1 x S/P DIF Out
# Serial ATA 4 x SATA (RAID) 3 Gb/s
# Supports SATA RAID 0/1/0+1/5 and JBOD
# Form Factor mATX form factor 244 x 244 mm
# PCB Color: Blue
# RoHS 100% lead-free process and RoHS compliant
# Windows Vista Microsoft Vista Premium visual interface support

On the next page we'll take a look at the boards layout...
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Most Recent Comments

20-01-2008, 12:18:15

Ham
With HTPCs popularity on the rise, abit have released an AM2 board designed to couple with this growing market.

See how it fairs here

20-01-2008, 12:48:46

ali_james
Good review there, Ham

I might build a second system on a board like that, processor for 40ish and any old ram, bargaintastic!

20-01-2008, 14:15:40

FarFarAway
Ye the board is great VFM, even though AM2 get's shown up a little

20-01-2008, 15:41:23

!TIMMY!
nice review hambo nice mobo for a budget build..
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