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Review: ABIT AN8 Fatal1ty S939 Motherboard

by Tarinder Sandhu on 24 May 2005, 00:00

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Mainboard ABIT Fatal1ty AN8
CPU Support All S939 processors
Northbridge Single nForce4 Ultra chipset
Memory Support 4 slots, non-ECC, DDR-1 only. Optimum support at DDR400 dual-channel. Maximum 4GB system RAM
AGP None
PEG16X One slot
Southbridge Single nForce4 Ultra (see above)
Audio Onboard 5.1-channel audio from nForce4 Ultra chipset. AC'97 only, run via Realtek ALC658 6-channel CODEC and AudioMAX board
Audio Connectivity Bundled audio card. 6-channel support
PCI 3x 32-bit 33MHz PCI 2.1 slots
PCI Express 2x x1 slots
IDE 2 ATA133 compliant ports from nForce4 Ultra
IDE RAID RAID0, 1, 0+1 from nForce4 Ultra's 2 ports
SATA 4 ports from nForce4 Ultra. Supports SATA2 RAID0, 1, and 0+1
Additional SATA None
Networking Gigabit Ethernet via nForce4 Ultra and Vitesse PHY
USB 4x USB2.0 on I/O. Headers for 6 additional ports (3x2)
FireWire Texas Instruments TS43BAB22A 2-port controller
I/O OTES, PS/2, 4x USB2.0, 1x FireWire 1394a
Other notables ABIT µGuru monitoring/tweaking software
Board dimensions ATX form factor - 305mm x 245mm
Street price £120

The brunt of the feature-set is driven by NVIDIA's capable nForce4 Ultra chipset. ABIT's µGuru monitoring/tweaking hardware is an obvious inclusion. The specs. don't have the wow factor of some. Fatal1ty's strengths lie elsewhere, though.