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Anyway, marketing slogans aside, let’s take a closer look at the specification of our today’s hero:



AMD Athlon 64 / X2 / FX for Socket 939


Nvidia NF4 SLIX16 / NF4 SLI

HyperTransport bus

1 GHz

Clock generator frequency

200-400MHz (with 1MHz)

Overclocking-friendly functions

Independently adjustable PCI Express bus frequency.
Adjustable Vcore and Vmem.


4 DDR DIMM slots for dual-channel
DDR400 SDRAM with maximum capacity of 8GB

PCI Express slots

2 x PCI Express x16
1 x PCI Express x1

PCI slots


USB 2.0 ports

10 (4 – on the rear panel)

IEEE1394 ports

2 (1 – on the rear panel, by Texas Instruments controller)


2 ATA-133 channels

Serial ATA

4 Serial ATA-300 channels (with RAID 0/1/0+1/5 support)
2 Serial ATA-300 channels
(with RAID 0/1 implemented in Silicon Image controller)

IDE RAID support

RAID 0, 1, 0+1

Integrated sound

Eight-channel AC97 Realtek ALC850 codec

Integrated network

Gigabit Ethernet (Vitesse)

Additional features

Onboard POST-controller
Nvidia SLI
ABIT μGuru


Phoenix-Award BIOS V6.00PG


ATX, 305x245mm

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.

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