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."
|Silverstone's Strider Titanium PSUs are ready for a high-power future||4|
|Steam 2017 Summer Sale, part deux||2|
|Deals of the week: Z270 mobos, spinning storage, and more||1|
|G.Skill readies up for X299 with quad-channel DDR4 at 4200 MT/s||6|
|Asus' VivoBook S510 is an ultrabook for the budget crowd||7|
|Windows Insider Build 16226 gives users a look at GPU utilization||15|
|Steam's 2017 Summer Sale is downright hot||44|
|Asus XG-C100C NIC breaks the gigabit barrier||31|
|Stuff a terabyte of RAM in Gigabyte's MZ31-AR0 Epyc motherboard||37|