The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD
30 August 2009
Conclusion: We’ve become complacent. In today’s world of netbooks and nettops where performance is cast aside, we’ve let far too much slide. The bar of acceptability is too low. A good SSD is the anti-netbook, it is the most believable proof that PCs aren’t fast enough today. We don’t need good enough, we need orders of magnitude of performance improvement. And that's exactly what a good SSD can deliver today. The performance improvement isn't limited to high end machines.
Summary: Although the race is close, this mobo generally gets beat by the other boards. That leaves it in a tough spot. With its funky slot configuration and premium pricing, there are better choices out there in 975X-land (Asus’s P5W DH gives you Wi-Fi and more usable slots for a little more cash). We are glad, however, that Abit is back in the hunt.
Pros: Tweaker-friendly BIOS is easy to use.
Cons: Realtek audio chip doesn’t fully support EAX.
Summary: ABIT, which is now officially known as Universal ABIT, is recapturing is former glory. The ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard is based on Intel's top of the line 975X Express and ICH7R chipsets, packs in quite a lot to get excited about.
Excerpt: Abits AW9D-MAX's cup runneths over with the following component list: 1 IDE ATA-100 port and 4 SATA ports (RAID 0, 1, 0+1) on the Intel ICH7R controller, 2 SATA ports (RAID 0 and 1) on the primary Silicon Image controller, 1 SATA port and 1 e-SATA port (RAID 0 and 1) on the secondary Silicon Image controller, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Realtek Gigabit Ethernet ports, Realtek 8-channel audio codec featuring an S/PDIF optical output port, 2-digit diagnostic LED display, onboard...
ABIT AW9D- MAX REVIEW BENCHMARK AND OVERCLOCKING CAPABILITY
15 January 2007
Conclusion: But if the overclock of processors does not enter into the number of your priority tasks, you do not use devices which are connected to LPT or COM- ports, then the motherboard abit AW9D- MAX is created precisely for you. I congratulate!
Conclusion: The AW9D-MAX is truly built for overclockers and is designed for enthusiasts. The board layout was near excellent but we couldnâ€™t help picking on the PCI slot which was located rather close to the secondary PCI-E x16 graphics slot. This is a serious problem for gamers who plan to install a better soundcard and run dual GPU setup at the same time.
Pros: Impressive overclocking and BIOS, Bling bling controllable back-light LEDs, Dual PCI-E x16 for CrossFire, Possible to run SLI, Rock solid stability, Silent, Not too expensive
Cons: PCI slot issue, NB heatsink runs hot when overclocked, ORHOS Blend issue at over 380FSB
Summary: If you are waiting for a reason to upgrade, move to Intel or buy a new system, then I guess ABIT’s AW9D-MAX matched with a Conroe chip is a pretty damn good excuse. Our experience with this board has been very exciting and fulfilling to say the least. We’ve never seen FSB overclocking go this extreme before with just stock cooling. It is very safe to say that the AW9D-MAX lived up to our expectations.