Introduction and Specifications

Abit’s offering for the Intel LGA775 platform is on the grill today and with overclocker’s features galore and a price that beats anything else on the market, how can you go wrong?

Introduction

After looking at Abit’s AV8 motherboard for the AMD 939-pin platform and what a success it turned out to be, I was very eager to get my hands on Abit’s crowning board for the Intel platform.  The AA8 DuraMAX motherboard is based on the Intel 925X chipset for the 775-pin platform.  It of course includes the new lot of features like DDR2 memory and PCI Express, but how does it stack up against the competing Asus P5AD2 motherboard we reviewed not too long ago?

Lets jump right into the meat of the article then.

Specifications (from Abit-usa.com)


Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 LGA775 CPU Socket
– Designed for Intel® 90nm Prescott LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB
– Supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 Express Chipset
– Intel 925X / Intel ICH6R Express Chipset
– Supports Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0)
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 Flexible Memory
– Four 240-pin DIMM sockets (Un-buffered Non-ECC DIMM)
– Supports Dual channel DDR2-533/400 (Max. 4GB), Up to 8.5GB/s bandwidth
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 PCI Express x16 graphics
– PCI Express x16 graphics delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X at 2.1GB/s
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 PCI Express x1 I/O
– PCI Express x1 I/O offers 500MB/s concurrently, over 3.5 times more bandwidth than PCI at 133MB/s
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 SATA Matrix RAID
– Four ports SATA 150 RAID 0/1, deliver higher performance and data protection
– Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing and native hot plug
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 High Definition Audio
– On board Theater-class 7.1 Channels Intel® High Definition Audio
– Professional digital audio interface supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 IEEE 1394
– Supports 3 Ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 Gigabit LAN
– On board GbE Gigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 Internal I/O Connectors
– 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
– 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
– 2 x PCI slots
– 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB
– 4 x SATA 150 Connectors
– 1 x Ultra ATA 100/66/33 Connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 headers
– 2 x IEEE 1394 headers
– 1 x FP-Audio header
– 1 x CD-IN
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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 Back Panel I/O
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
– 1 x Serial Port connector, 1 x Parallel Port connector
– 1 x S/PDIF IN/OUT
– 1 x Audio connector (Center/Subwoofer, Rear Surround, Surround Speaker)
– 1 x Audio connector (Line Out, Line-in, MIC-in)
– 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x IEEE1394 Connector
– 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x RJ-45 GbE LAN Connector

Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  2
Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard - Motherboards  1 Miscellaneous
– ATX form factor (305 x 245 mm)

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