Abit intros new quad-core-ready 975X motherboards
Abit has launched
two new motherboards based on Intel's 975X chipset, the AW9D and
AW9D-MAX. The Abit marketing staff has really pulled out the big guns
for these boards.
[The] abit AW9D-MAX is the essence of Bushido, the true "way of the
warrior". This board is built with only one thing in mind – destroy the
competition – no thought, no mind, only perfect results through
righteousness: With superior strength in features and mental
preparedness, the Righteous path of enlightenment and true domination
comes with the AW9D-MAX.
Strange allusions to Japanese feudalism aside, the AW9D and AW9D-MAX
both have quad-core processor support and dual PCI Express x16 slots.
Interestingly, Abit has both ATI CrossFire and "Nvidia dual Graphics"
under the list of supported features for the two boards. While the press
release doesn't make it clear whether this mention refers to full-blown
SLI or simply two independent Nvidia graphics cards, one certainly can't
rule out the former option considering Nvidia has reportedly authorized SLI support
in some of Intel's
In addition to quad-core and possible SLI support, the Abit AW9D
features four Serial ATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 10, and 5 support,
Gigabit Ethernet, two FireWire ports, "Silent OTES" heat pipe-based
chipset cooling, and 7.1-channel Dolby Master Studio-certified onboard
sound. On top of these features, the AW9D-MAX brings an extra four
Serial ATA ports (including one external eSATA port,) an extra Gigabit
Ethernet port, and "Silent OTES 2" cooling with dual heat pipes. Thanks
to TR reader weta for the tip.