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One of the ancient Chinese curses says: shall you live in the epoch of change. It doesn’t seem to be that scary at all… if you never really lived in that epoch. People tend to strive for security, reliability and stability in everything, and abit AW9D-MAX mainboard definitely contributes to that.

If we disregard the new logo design and the small letter "a" in the beginning of the company name, then it will be the same good old ABIT that we have known for years.

Today we are going to see all the familiar traditions of the abit’s mainboard making starting with the package and finishing with the BIOS settings. As a result you will see a lot of words like "traditionally", "as always", "familiar", etc. in this article. At the same time, we can’t say that the company is not making any progress. There are a lot of new interesting features that will hopefully soon become traditional, too.

Let’s take a closer look at the new abit mainboard based around Intel 975X Express chipset. Please meet abit AW9D-MAX!

Package and Accessories

Package is far not the most important thing about a mainboard, however, it serves not only as information source for the end-users, but also performs a protective function. I couldn’t help pointing out that abit paid special attention to this aspect of the package design.

The box is pretty large and features a convenient handle for easy carrying. Its external decorative cover opens up like a book, so that you can take a closer look at the mainboard’s peculiarities through special transparent windows. On the reverse side of the cover there is a full-size photo of the mainboard with brief description of its features and specifications. The mainboard itself is not packed into a traditional antistatic plastic bag, but sits in a separate carton box with transparent top cover.

The accompanying accessories are also packed nicely and securely. They are not lying in a shapeless pile on top of the mainboard, as most other manufacturers usually do it. All accessories are packed in two compact carton boxes. Among them are:

  • Brief installation guide in 20 languages;
  • User’s manual;
  • abit uGuru manual;
  • a sticker with jumper description (you can stick it inside the system case, so that you could always have the scheme handy when you open your system);
  • CD disk with electronic versions of all documents, drivers and utilities;
  • Floppy disks with the RAID array drivers;
  • Bridge for dual-VGA configurations;
  • I/O shield for the back panel;
  • Seven SATA cables and round FDD and IDE cables;
  • A bracket with two IEEE1394 and two USB ports;
  • Optical audio cable.

As you see the set of included accessories is pretty rich, but it is for the first time that we see a cable for the optical S/PDIF out included.

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