Abit shows upcoming AM2 boards, new logo


— 12:32 PM on May 3, 2006

TweakTown secured a trip to Abit's headquarters in Taipei, where the company revealed its Socket AM2 launch lineup. At the high end of Abit's upcoming AM2 boards are the AN9 32X and "Fatal1ty" AN9 32X, both based on NVIDIA's top-of-the-line nForce 590 SLI chipset with 16 PCI-E lanes per graphics slot. The Fatal1ty board appears to use the same heatpipe-based heatsink design we've seen on the Socket 939 AN8 32X but consolidates all six Serial ATA ports next to the south bridge, puts the PCI-E x1 slots between the PCI-E x16 slots, and trades one of the two 32-bit PCI slots for a special AudioMAX 7.1HD card housing the board's integrated audio connectors.

In addition to the Fatal1ty board, Abit also has a KN9 SLI in the pipeline for more mainstream multi-GPU users, likely based on the nForce 570 SLI chipset. This board features a cooling system similar to the existing KN8 SLI's but trades one of the IDE ports for two more Serial ATA ports and re-arranges the PCI-E x1 slots. Finally, the company will release an AT9 32X motherboard similar to the AN9 32X but based on an ATI RD580 north bridge and SB600 south bridge. These new AM2 boards are expected to ship in June, according to TweakTown.

Aside from new motherboard products, Abit also showed TweakTown an upcoming Abit-branded two-speaker system dubbed iDome. The speakers will support both analog and digital input and will reportedly be targeted at the home theater market. Last, but not least, Abit also showcased its new logo, which can already be seen on the company's US website.

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