Earlier this week, several readers pointed us to a TweakTown report that says Abit is about to close down. The site claims Abit has focused its efforts on digital picture frames with printing capabilities, but that hasn't worked out, and the firm will shut its doors on December 31.
We quickly shot off an e-mail to our Abit contact asking for confirmation. After a day of silence, we tried calling the company's headquarters in Taiwan early this morning. Our PR contact's extension didn't seem to work, and after asking for an operator, we were transferred at least three times before ending up with someone who both spoke English and understood our question. Our last interlocutor dodged the question and took down my e-mail address, saying the company's marketing people would get back to us. They haven't.
Despite its past as an enthusiast darling, Abit definitely doesn't have much of a presence in the motherboard scene anymore. Newegg only lists one Abit mobo that's not refurbished, and it's based on an older Intel 3-series chipset. We also can't find the firm's two 4-series mobos anywhere on our price search engine. Even if Abit isn't shutting down, it may not be very relevant anymore for enthusiasts. We await final confirmation of the firm's fate.