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ABIT officially unleashes the top-end IC7-MAX3 motherboard

Today ABIT officially unleashed its new IC7-MAX3 motherboard that became company´s top-end product.

ABIT IC7-MAX3 main specs:

  • Supports Intel Pentium 4 with 800/533/400MHz FSB
  • i875P + ICH-R chipset
  • Supports Intel HP Technology, PAT, ABIT Game Accelerator
  • OTES with FanEQ implemented
  • Supports dual-channel DDR400 with ECC
  • Intel CSA Gigabit LAN
  • AGP Pro 8X/4X (0.8V/1.5V) slot
  • 6 x Serial ATA 150 ports: two (supporting RAID 0) in ICH5R Southbridge and four (supporting RAID 0/1/0+1) in 4-ch. Silicon Image controller
  • 3 x IEEE1394 ports
  • 8 x USB2.0 ports
  • Optical S/PDIF, 6-ch. audio codec
  • 4-phase power stabilizer
  • ATX form-factor

The new board features all ABIT´s latest technologies, including OTES, SecureIDE, FanEQ, CPU ThermalGuard, TweakGuard, FlashMenu, SoftMenu, GigaSystem Overclock.

The SecureIDE feature is worth closer attention. It is a special hardware encoder (on eNOVA X-Wall chipset) which protects IDE hard drives with passwords, blocking access if it´s incorrect. Moreover, the drive will be inaccessible even if installed into another system.

Another worthy novelty is the 4-phase power system with high-quality RubyCon capacitors, providing stability even at serious overclocking. By the way, the OTES cooling is used exactly for capacitors and other circuitry of ABIT IC7-MAX3. Combined with a dedicated monitoring chip, FanEQ enables automatic fan rotation speed depending on system load.

ABIT GAME Accelerator Technology is an advanced SoftMenu feature, enabling CPU adjustments via BIOS. The newer technology adds the ability to fine tune memory subsystem. The user can choose from four modes: Auto, Turbo, Street Racer, and F1. each of these can be adjusted manually according to the system specs. According to the press release, just Game Accelerator alone provides up to 17% performance boost.

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