Abit AN-M2HD mATX Motherboard

Installation and Test setup

Installation

The size of this board means that its simply a breeze to install into a normal size system. Upon mounting it in its testbed the most time consuming part of it was putting in the screws that held the board to the standoffs!

AMD's mounting system contributed to the the ease of installation. With two clips and what I can only describe as a retention arm and your ready to go (remembering the thermal paste of course).

The only niggle I came across was after installing my Arctic Freezer heatsink it would have been difficult to get RAM into the first two slots due to the DIMMs being so close to the socket. But had I installed them the other way around there was still clearance for the sticks, so the board can't really loose point for this minor inconvenience.

I can't imagine the board being too much of a hassle even when installing it in a mini HTPC case.

Testing

The setup used to put this board though its paces consisted of the following components:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Abit AN-M2HD
1GB Crucial Ballistix PC6400
Hitachi 7K160 80GB
Seasonic M12 600W

Method

To test the motherboard I first ran it at stock using as stress test comprising of Orthos (dual Prime95), Folding @ Home running on both cores (set to idle priority) and RTHDRIBL running 1/2 screen. I let this run for 12hours to see how the board would fare.

The benches and tests used on the motherboard were:

Super PI 1m and 32m

SiSoft Sandra:

Processor Arithmatic
Procsssor Multemedia
Memory Bandwidth
Memory Latency

3DMark05 and 3DMark06 @ 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024

Highest playable settings:
* Counter Strike Source
* F.E.A.R.
*The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion

Windows Media and Quicktime HD Playback

HD Tach

Cinebench:

CPU Rendering


All tests are run three times for consistency and the averages given.

Note also that all of our motherboard tests also mean the we "live" with the motherboard for a two week period to make sure any issues are found.
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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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