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ABIT AT8 Review

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I would like to thank ABIT for supplying the tested motherboard.

For years ABIT has been making highest end motherboards for enthusiasts and gamers. While there were financial irregularities in the past these were (hopefully) solved by the merger with USI.

Since ABIT is an ATI video cards manufacturer it's just logical for them to add motherboards to their lineup which use chipsets of one of their closest partners.

The chipset in use is the ATI RD480 which is ATI's latest product for the AMD Socket939 platform. It offers the same features as the other Rx480 chipsets but also supports CrossFire. In the near future (February/March), ATI will release a follow up chipset called RD580 which will support PCI-E x16 for each video card when in Crossfire mode. The RD480 supports only x8 per card when Crossfire is active. However, the theoretical bandwidth increase will not have that much of an effect on actual gaming performance since data is transferred to the card once, for example when the level is loaded, and then stays there while rendering.


ProcessorAMD Athlon64 / FX / X2 Socket 939
FSB800 MHz / 1000+ MHz
ChipsetATI RADEON XPRESS 200 (RD480 + ULI1575)
Memory4x 184 Pin DDR, Dual Channel DDR266/333/400, up to 8 GB
Slots2x PCI-E x16 (x16 with 1 slot, x8 with both slots active)
2x PCIE x1
2x PCI
HDD Connectivity2x ATA-133
Networking10/100/1000 Mbps - Realtek 8110 via PCI-Express
Ports8x USB 2.0 (4 on Back Panel)
2x IEEE1394 (1 on Back Panel)
Audio8 Channel Realtek ALC882D Audio, SPDIF
Form FactorATX 305 x 245mm

Specifications from Manufacturer

  • Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64X2/ 64FX/ 64 Processors
  • 2000MT/s System Bus using Hyper Transport™ Technology
  • AMD CPU Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
  • ATI RD480 Radeon Xpress 200 chip
  • ULI 1575 SB chip
  • 4 Lanes PCI Express interface between NB and SB
  • Four 184-pin DIMM sockets
  • Supports dual channel DDR400 ECC/non-ECC un-buffered memory
  • Supports maximum memory capacity up to 8GB
  • Two PCI-Express X16 slots support Dual Graphic card by ATI CrossFire™ Technology
ABIT Engineered Technology
  • ABIT Silent OTES™ Technology
  • ABIT µGuru™ Technology
Serial ATA
  • 4 x SATAII 3Gb/s RAID 0/1/0+1/5
  • Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing & native hot plug
  • On board 10/100/1000M PCI controller
  • Support IEEE 1394 at 400 Mb/s transfer rate
  • On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC
  • Auto Jack Sensing and optical S/P DIF In/Out
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI Express X16
  • 2 x PCI Express X1
  • 2 x PCI slots
Internal I/O Connectors
  • Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB
  • 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 IDE Connectors
  • 4 x SATA Connectors
  • 2 x USB headers, 1 x IEEE 1394 headers
Back Panel I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse
  • Silent OTESII, 1 x S/P DIF In, 1 x S/P DIF Out
  • 7.1 CH Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)
  • 4 x USB, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector, 1 x IEEE 1394
  • ATX form factor 305 x 245mm
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