Abit AW9D Max socket 775 Motherboard

Introduction & Packaging

Introduction

abit seem to be producing better and better motherboards now after their revamp. With Conroe a name on most of the enthusiast's lips, abit seem to have produced a bit of a corker with their latest motherboard: the AW9D Max. Based on socket 775 975x chipset, this is crossfire capable with two fully functioning PCI 8x slots.

The "Max" series by abit have a legacy of overclocking and are a pedigree that used to be recognised as "the motherboards" to get. Many a month's salary has been squandered on an import version of the very latest Max board just to be the first to get it...then overclock it. It's an almost emotional moment for those in the overclocking community who remember the great Max boards of the past to see the Max name stamped on a board.

Will it follow the in the footsteps of the previous "Max" series and be a quality overclocker and all around great board, restoring the enthusiasts faith in abit? I was happy to get the motherboard into my lab and put it through its paces...

Packaging

The packaging of the recently reviewed AB9 somewhat puzzled me, but I am glad to say that the AW9D has a far superior packaging.

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Quite an outstanding front packaging from abit with the main points of the motherboard on the front. Even better from my point of view is that fact that you can lift it up and get...

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This shows the heat circulation that the ABIT Silent OTESTM gets on this motherboard. Also showing is the AudioMax 7.1 that Abit include in the bundle. Putting this in as a discreet card is a good move for enthusiasts who want high-def audio.

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There is a nice handle for carrying the box (though why you would is beyond me - other than from the shop to your door) and the back has some descriptions of the main features of the board.

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The box is incredibly well packaged with a window into the box showing parts of the motherboard. abit have a very good habit of packaging the parts into two seperate boxes in the bottom of the box under the motherboard. This means that the box is very organised, well packaged and protects the contents and the working parts of the motherboard from damage. Good job Abit.

Package

Abit have put a very good bundle together for this board. everything is included to do what you want.

* 7 x SATA "Quick release connecters
* Rounded clear IDE Cable
* Rounded black Floppy cable
* Single Firewire/Dual USB I/O PCI backplate connecter
* Optical Cable
* I/O backplate panel
* Quick Installation Guide
* User manual
* Jumper settings sheet
* 3 x Floppy SATA RAID disk drivers
* 1 x Driver and Utilities CD
* SLI bridge

The bundle is very good. One thing that is very surprising is the SLI bridge...on a 975x chipset...what ARE abit hinting at? We'll come back to that.

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An excellent bundle, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a top-range board. Now let's move on to the board itself.

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Most Recent Comments

14-09-2006, 04:44:45

PV5150
There's nothing like competition from an established manufacturer, to cause HDD prices to fall; especially with relatively new, but evolving technology. What are your thoughts on WD's foray into the world of perpendicular recording? Let us know

Linky to the article here

14-09-2006, 06:16:37

FragTek
I'm surprised that Seagate didn't patent this technology! Looks good though, I wonder who the first to make a 2gb drive will be

14-09-2006, 06:22:01

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='FragTek'
I'm surprised that Seagate didn't patent this technology! Looks good though, I wonder who the first to make a 2gb drive will be
I thought Hitachi were the ones who invented it??

14-09-2006, 06:31:11

FragTek
I'm pretty sure it was Seagate

14-09-2006, 07:48:04

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='FragTek'
I'm pretty sure it was Seagate
Seagate were the first to get a drive out but I know Hitachi were heavily involved in the development

14-09-2006, 10:34:51

Phnom_Penh
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Seagate were the first to get a drive out but I know Hitachi were heavily involved in the development
Nah, twas Toshiba who got a perp drive out first .

14-09-2006, 13:38:04

nathan
just like to mention i hate WD!

14-09-2006, 21:51:13

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='nathan'
just like to mention i hate WD!
Why's that mate? WD make some insanely fast drives! Have you had a bad run with them?
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