Anyway, marketing slogans aside, let’s take a closer look at the specification of our today’s hero:
ABIT AN8 32X
AMD Athlon 64 / X2 / FX for Socket 939
Nvidia NF4 SLIX16 / NF4 SLI
Clock generator frequency
200-400MHz (with 1MHz)
Independently adjustable PCI Express bus frequency.
4 DDR DIMM slots for dual-channel
PCI Express slots
2 x PCI Express x16
USB 2.0 ports
10 (4 – on the rear panel)
2 (1 – on the rear panel, by Texas Instruments controller)
2 ATA-133 channels
4 Serial ATA-300 channels (with RAID 0/1/0+1/5 support)
IDE RAID support
RAID 0, 1, 0+1
Eight-channel AC97 Realtek ALC850 codec
Gigabit Ethernet (Vitesse)
Phoenix-Award BIOS V6.00PG
Later we will take a closer look at the peculiarities and special features of ABIT AN8 32X mainboard, and in the meanwhile let’s see what we can find inside the box.
The set of accompanying accessories is very nice. Unlike some mainboard manufacturers, ABIT retained its good tradition of packing the accessories in two neat boxes instead of piling them on top of the mainboard. The first box contains different cabled, the rear panel bracket, SLI bridge and its retention panel as well as an additional bracket with a couple of USB ports and two IEEE1394 ports:
The second box contains a quick installation guide, user’s manual, μGuru manual, schematic slots and connectors layout, a CD disk with drivers and necessary software tools. Besides that there were also four floppy disks with the RAID array drivers: two for 32-bitr operating systems – for the chipset and Silicon Image controller separately – and two for 64-bit operating systems.