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. Based on the older Intel 975X chipset, the AW9D-MAX is an interesting blend of future-looking features.
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.