The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD
13 June 2007
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.
Excerpt: When Abit hit the financial skids and outsourced its motherboard production, enthusiasts turned their mirrors around, broke out the whiskey, and prepared to mourn. Well, mourn no more. Abit is still kicking and pumping out products for enthusiasts.
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...
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.
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: Now that we've seen how the AW9D-MAX performs at stock settings and speeds let's see what this thing can really do; it's overclockin' time! To start, we lowered the multiplier to 6x to remove CPU influence and turned down the memory divider to 1:1. Then it was just a matter of cranking up the FSB.
Summary: Since I have been using an ABIT IC7 for the last years in my main work system I was very curious if this could be another board of this caliber.
After the initial setup and realizing how amazingly fast Conroe is compared to anything else seen before I went to do some overclocking on the E6300.
Pros: Very good performance, Lots of features, UGuru, Quiet, only passive cooling, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, Only quality capacitors used, Looks great
Cons: Maximum FSB may not be high enough, Only one PCI slot, Not cheap, No Parallel/Serial ports