With Intel's 3-series and 965-series chipsets both well established in the market, developing a motherboard based on a nearly three-year-old 945-series part may seem odd. However, that's just what Abit has done with its new I45D motherboard.
The I45D is based on a 945GC chipset and an ICH7 south bridge, but it has support for front-side bus speeds up to 1333MHz, and Abit says it will happily accommodate Intel's 45nm processors. However, memory support is limited to DDR2-667, and there are only two DIMM slots. The board is otherwise fairly spartan, presumably in order to keep costs down; it features one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCIe x1 slot, three PCI slots, 100Mbps Ethernet, four 300MB/s Serial ATA ports, and 5.1-channel integrated audio.
Abit doesn't quote a price for the new mobo, although it does mention the board will allow users to "experience the full-featured motherboard at a most competitive price tag." The firm boasts on in its best English, "If you are in for high performance and latest technology with limited budget, the abit I45D will be best choice."
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