Abit AN-M2HD mATX Motherboard
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.
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.
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.
Underneath we see the board is held in place and protected by the cardboard insert.
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
I must say that its nice to see Abit including the DVI to HDMI cable to save the end user buying one separately.
Taken directly from Abit's site:
# 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...