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abit AW9D-MAX mainboard is equipped with a few LEDs: there is a red one next to the 24-pin power supply connector, a green one near the DIMM slots, the POST-indicator is also lighting green, and there are four blue LEDs around the heatsink at the back panel. Some of the diodes perform certain service functions such as signaling if the mainboard receives power, others are purely decorative and blink when the system is running.

I believe we all have different vision of what is beautiful when it comes to computer systems. Some of you may like blinking lights, some may get pretty irritated by them. abit engineers suggested an ingeniously simple solution implemented in the LED Effect Control parameter. It offers six different schemes for the LEDs at the reverse side of the mainboard PCB as well as the option to completely turn them off or leave permanently on without any blinking. Bravo!

As for the ABIT EQ subsections, there are a few. For example the Temperature Monitoring page allows controlling not only the CPU and system temperatures like on most other mainboards but also the temperatures from four additional sensors located in the key knots of the PCB. You can set the range for each parameter so that you receive a warning signal or the system shuts down once the maximum is reached.

You can control close to a dozen of voltages. For example, the +12V voltage would be measured along the processor power line as well as along the 24-pin power supply connector line feeding the entire mainboard.

I have already said that abit AW9D-MAX mainboard allows monitoring the rotation speed of all 8 fans that can be connected to it:

And the speed of each fan can be adjusted depending on the temperature settings for the selected sensors.

Excellent options! They didn’t really surprise those users who have worked with abit mainboards featuring abit uGuru technology in the past, but at the same time they are truly amazing, as none other mainboard maker out there offers anything like that.

Other BIOS parameters are pretty standard. I would only like to say a few words about the memory timings adjustment that are available in the Advanced Chipset Features section.

Like many other mainboards on i975X chipset, abit AW9D-MAX allows changing only the main timings.

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