The board has undergone prominent changes, as compared to the SiS645 chipset,
due to the extended functionality of the PCB which now can house an IDE RAID controller.
- Package of a standard design;
user manual in English;
- Cables: ATA66/100/133 and FDD;
Bracket for the rear computer panel;
- CD containing:
- DirectX 8.1;
- Norton Antivirus 2002;
WinDVD 2000 v2.1;
- BuzzSoft SoftPostCard;
- BuzzSoft SoftCardManager;
The layout is unconventional and a little awkward: we already got used to positions
of the audio-ins (between the slots) and power supply connector (between the processor
socket and back panel). But placing the FDD connector next to the AGP, and USB
connectors between the AGP and PCI is an arguable solution as their cables will
stretch along the whole computer case. But it's not difficult to reach the only
jumper when the board is already installed. Its function is shown on the textolite.
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 9 capacitors of 3300
uF and several less capacious ones.
The following controllers are integrated:
connectors: chip and connectors of the IDE RAID controller and CNR slot.
- audio controller based on the chipset's capabilities and C-Media CMI9738
AC'97 codec supporting 4.1 audio systems and having an output for front audio
- network controller based on the Realtek RTL8100B chip.
The system monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8705F chip. What is controlled:
There are 3 connectors for adjustable
and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans.
- processor voltage, 1.8, +3.3, +5 and +12 V, VBAT, +3.3 and +5 V StandBy;
speed of 3 fans;
- temperatures of the processor (a built-in sensor)
and the board (a built-in sensor).
Brief characteristics of
the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 5 PCI; I/O ports
- 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 1.1; dimensions - 305x245 mm.
can be carried out with:
|jumpers and switches||Jumper
to clear up the CMOS|| |
|BIOS based on the
6.00PG version from Award||Setup of memory timings||+||CAS
Latency, DRAM Addr/CMD Rate, System Performance|
|Setup of memory
frequency||+||by SPD, CPU:DRAM = 1:1, 3:4, 3:5 (at
FSB 100 MHz) or 4:3, 1:1, 4:5 (at FSB 133 MHz)|
|Setup of AGP
|Setup of PCI bus||-|| |
|Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses||-|| |
|Manual assignment of interrupts||+|| |
|Changeable FSB frequency||+||100-250 MHz in
|Changeable CPU multiplier||+||x8-x50|
|Changeable core voltage||+||+5%, +10%, +15%|
|Changeable memory voltage||-|| |
chipset voltage||-|| |
bus voltage||-|| |
We used the latest
available version of the BIOS - BIOS 9A.
This board could be a pride of a little-known
firm, but it's not peculiar to ABIT to provide such scanty tweaking and overclocking
features and a poor function set. This product, running at an average speed, is
not what the company stakes on, and we are not going to attract more attention
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