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Old 2nd March 2007, 09:43   #1
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Default ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard

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. This high end desktop chipset enables the AW9D-MAX to accommodate 533/800/1066MHz FSB Intel socket 775 processors. The four memory slots can be filled with up to 8GB of unbuffered ECC/non-ECC DDR2-800 RAM. Standard equipment on the motherboard includes dual PCI Express based GigABIT network cards, ABIT's AudioMAX High Definition 7.1 channel audio controller, eight 3GB/s SATAII channels, Firewire IEEE 1394a and two additional two port Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II/RAID controllers

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Old 2nd March 2007, 21:41   #2
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Isn't this review just a little too late in the day given this board was launched 4-5 months ago?
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Some reviews are like wine...

being the first doesn't mean the best, and this bord surely isn't aged...
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that's right Piotke
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I agree (I like the review) but my point is that all the geeks will have already made their choice on this board by now and if they haven't bought it yet it means they're now looking for something that's recently released.
That's the 'forum effect' I suppose; Users get the boards before most reviewers and have dissected and rejected them in the online forums within weeks of release.
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I know of a few people that are only now getting into the market for a good Intel board. As such this sort of review would interest them the most if they were looking at that board... and some have simply because of the sub $200 price with Crossfire support. Not to mention decent QuadCore overclocking.

There may be that wave of first purchasers that must have the latest hottest piece of hardware, but there is also the wave of purchasers that only buy proven solid equipment. That takes at least 4-6 months, and by then the vast majority of quirks are well known or fixed. After a few more months prices on 975X boards should really drop once the new Intel chipsets launch...
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I must agree with Kougar, being none-paid beta tester for motherboards is not always ideal
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There may be that wave of first purchasers that must have the latest hottest piece of hardware, but there is also the wave of purchasers that only buy proven solid equipment. That takes at least 4-6 months, and by then the vast majority of quirks are well known or fixed.
I agree with this too but this review does not provide any new data from long term testing or updates after recent BIOS releases (Anandtech, amongst others, does provide that sort of review).

Have a Google and see how many reviews of this board are already out there by the usual suspects (most dated October & November 2006!). abit has released around seven new LGA775 boards since this MB was...

Sorry but I stand by my original statements: this is a nice 'first view' with lots of benchmarks but it brings nothing new and it's quite simply - too little, too late.
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I must agree with Kougar, being none-paid beta tester for motherboards is not always ideal
I think I must agree here too given the latest developments with my boards
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