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ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard Review
ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ABIT, which is now officially known as Universal ABIT, is recapturing is former glory. The ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard is based on Intel's top of the line 975X Express and ICH7R chipsets, packs in quite a lot to get excited about.
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Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusion

ID Software Quake 4 1.3

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 154.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 150.5
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 146.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 127.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 150.5
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 113.8
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.7
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 200.6
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.5
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 198.7
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.5
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 191.4
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.4
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.1
ABIT AW9D-MAX (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 201.8

In the last benchmark of the day, the ABIT AW9D-MAX puts on another solid showing. Most Intel platforms behave the same way with identical processor and memory capacities installed.

Universal ABIT is Making a Come Back

Universal ABIT has been pushing hard to regain its status as the most enthusiast friendly manufacturer in the world. So far, it looks to be having some good success. Probably the biggest challenge for Universal ABIT this time around is the fact that other manufacturers have taken notice of gamers, and the industry is openly supporting enthusiasts as well. Will ABIT claw its way back to the top? Only time will tell...

ABIT's high end AW9D-MAX motherboard looks pretty sweet on paper; it's based on Intel's 975X Express chipset and supports Socket 775 processors up to 1066MHz FSB. The board has a decent list of integrated features; eight Serial ATA II ports (one external), ten USB 2.0 ports, two IEEE 1394a ports, dual GigABIT PCI Express network cards, 7.1 channel High Definition audio and ABIT's Silent OTES 2 cooling system. The AW9D-MAX retails for $244 CDN ($210 US, £107 GBP) which is what most other Intel 975X Express motherboards cost.

Overall ABIT did a decent job with the physical motherboard layout of the AW9D-MAX motherboard, however there are a few noodle scratchers. For instance, why place the secondary Serial ATA II Silicon Image controller under the PCI slot? What the heck is the auxiliary power connector doing at the bottom left hand corner of the motherboard?

Things ABIT did right... the Silent OTES 2 cooling system is more than just pretty, it works very well too. ABIT equips the AW9D-MAX with solid state capacitors only, which will improve the long term reliability of the board.

From what we saw in the benchmarks, it is clear that the ABIT AW9D-MAX performed just as competently as every other Intel 975X or P965 Express motherboard in the reference list. That is hardly surprising in itself. If you're into overclocking the AW9D-MAX did moderately well in this regard. There are certainly a nice set of voltage options to play with, but the memory timing adjustments were lacking.

Universal ABIT has a lot of work to do if it wants to recapture the "enthusiast's choice" once again. Back in the day, ABIT was the only game in town... and in that respect the ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard is a good solid platform, but just not the only one.

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Contents of Article: ABIT AW9D-MAX
 Pg 1.  ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Accessories in the Box
 Pg 3.  External Serial ATA and Port 80
 Pg 4.  ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard highlights
 Pg 5.  The Intel 975X Chipset
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusion

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