Abit AW9D Max socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 12th October 2006 | Source: Abit | Price: |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...
The packaging of the recently reviewed AB9 somewhat puzzled me, but I am glad to say that the AW9D has a far superior packaging.
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.