Abit AN-M2HD mATX Motherboard

I/O Options and Bios

I/O Options
 
I/O_options

Here we see the I/O options mounted on the AN-M2HD. All the essential are included here: with 4 usb ports; ethernet; firewire; 2 PS2 ports; enough analogue plugs for a 7.1 speaker system + microphone, optical out, a D-Sub (VGA) connector and finally the ever important HDMI port. I would have liked to have seen an eSATA port on here, but it's understandable that its been left out due to the intended nature of the board.



Bios

The An-M2HD has been shipped with a pretty standard Pheonix award BIOS. Providing all the usual functionality of a BIOS menu with a few mild overclocking features and the options for the on-board GPU added in.
 
Bios_main

Bios_CPU
 
The very basic overclocking options the bios contains are stored under the softmenu heading, containing controls for the FSB & PCI-E clock speeds and the multiplier under the 'CPU operating speed'. The Vcore and DDR2 voltage controls are included under that heading.

Bios_4
 
The 'PC health status' menu allows you to control the shut down temperatures and fan speeds. I was quite impressed by the options available in this section as the board is geared towards HTPC solutions, and keeping the unit quiet is a major priority. Also found under this heading was the usual temperature readouts and fan speed reports.

Bios_CpuV

Bios_DDR2v
 
The two shots above show an impressive, if not ambitious, voltage range for both RAM and the CPU; with a  maximum of 2.55v and 2.00v respectively. I felt these were rather high values for a board not aimed at the overclocking market.

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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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