However, we will mention not only the highs of the abit AW9D-MAX mainboard. abit has made it clear quite some time ago already, that the “MAX” in the model name indicates the absence of the so-called legacy connectors: COM and LPT. In this case, they are not just absent on the rear panel, but do not exist on the PCB at all, although the chipset supports both these interfaces. As a result, the mainboard back panel looks very scarce. Besides the already mentioned eSATA port, there are only PS/2 connectors for the keyboard and mouse, four USB ports and two network RJ45 ports.
You don’t see any audio connectors on the back panel, however, there are hardly any mainboards out there these days that have no sound. abit mainboard is no exception and boasts fully-fledged sound implementation. abit AW9D-MAX is equipped with an 8-channel Realtek ALC882 codec that has been moved onto a daughter card aka AudioMAX that goes into a special connector in the lower left corner of the mainboard PCB.
If you look at the PCB layout around the chipset South Bridge, you will also notice a few pleasing things. As you can see, the mainboard features power on and reset buttons, POST-code indicator and color-coded front panel connectors.
Summing up the results of our visual inspection of abit AW9D-MAX I would like to point out a few more things. All connectors are very conveniently located, except for the FDD connector and the four-pin additional power supply connector that is required for dual-graphics card configurations. They are both placed at the lower edge of the PCB. The mainboard is manufactured with very high-quality Low ESR capacitors and all jumpers feature long grips that will make the work with this mainboard extremely easy and comfortable.
Well, it looks like everything has been said about the PCB design, so let’s just sum up the technical specifications and functions of the product.
Supports Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo Extreme, Core 2 Duo,
Intel 975X / Intel ICH7R Express
Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM slots
Two PCI-Express x16 slots (dual ATI CrossFire Graphics)
Two Gigabit PCI-E controllers
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2 PCI Express x16 slots
1 x Floppy
1 x PS/2 keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse
ICH7R: 4 x SATA 3GB/s. Supports Intel Matrix Storage
2 IEEE1394 ports with 400Mb/sec speed
ATX form factor: 305mm x 245mm
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