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Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review

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Introduction and Specifications

You may have read on our pages here at PC Perspective some time ago about Abit and their development of products with the Fatal1ty group.  Well that partnership is finally showing some results with the release of their first product available to gamers with the Fatal1ty brand: the Fatal1ty AA8XE motherboard.


The idea behind this new brand was to allow Abit and the Fatal1ty group to develop new ideas in gaming hardware and to have the ability to market them strongly.  Motherboard manufacturers have, in recent years, struggled to make themselves stand out from their competitors and Abit had an uphill battle to develop some new innovations to put on their 'Fatal1ty' motherboards that would indeed live up to the expectations that they set and built up. 


Specifications


This board is based on the Intel 925XE chipset for the new LGA775 Pentium 4 socket.  We'll go into the entire feature list on the following pages, but here is the feature and specification list from Abit's website.
















































































































Processor
- Designed for Intel® 90nm Pentium 4 LGA775 processors
- Supports 1066/800MHz FSB
- Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Chipset
- Intel® 925XE/Intel® ICH6R Express Chipset
Memory
- Four 240-pin DIMM sockets
- Supports Dual channel DDR2 533/400 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
- Supports maximum memory capacity up to 4GB
ABIT Engineered
- ABIT uGuru™ Technology
- ABIT CPU Accelerator Technology
- ABIT ThermalGuard™ Technology
- ABIT TweakGuard™ Technology
- ABIT Dual OTES™ Technology
- ABIT OC Strips Technology
- ABIT MOSFET Thermal Solution
- ABIT OTES AeroFlow™ Technology
- ABIT OTES RAMFlow™ Technology
- ABIT AudioMAX Technology with Dolby® Digital Live Support
- ABIT On-board ultra-bright LEDs
- ABIT Bold Design color management system for easy installation
- ABIT Guru peripheral product link
  • Guru Clock: refer to Guru Clock SPEC (Optional)
  • Guru Game panel: CMOS reset button/USB 2.0/1394/SATA/Audio IO/Large LCD at front side (Optional)
  • PCI-E X16 graphic
    - Delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X
    SATA RAID
    - Intel® Matrix Storage Technology supports 4 ports SATA 150 RAID 0/1
    - Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing & native hot plug
    Dual LAN
    - Intel® Gigabit LAN
    - Intel® 10/100Mbps LAN
    IEEE1394
    - Supports 3 Ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400Mb/s transfer rate
    Audio (Dolby Digital Live support)
    - On board 7.1 channels Intel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out
    Internal I/O Connectors
    - 1 x PCI-E X16 slot
    - 2 x PCI-E X1 slots
    - 2 x PCI slots
    - 1 x Audio daughter card port
    - 1 x Floppy port
    - 1 x UDMA 100/66/33 connector
    - 4 x SATA 150 connectors
    - 2 x USB 2.0 headers
    - 2 x IEEE1394 headers
    Back Panel I/O
    - ABIT Dual OTES™
    - 1 x PS/2 keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse
    - 1 x IEEE1394
    - 4 x USB 2.0
    - 1 x RJ-45 LAN (Gigabit), 1 x RJ-45 LAN (10/100)
    - 1 x BP-Audio (S/P DIF in/out, Line Out, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Rear Surround, Surround Speaker)

    ABIT Guru Panel I/O (Option)
    - 2 x USB 2.0
    - 1 x IEEE 1394
    - 1 x Headphone
    - 1 x Microphone
    - SATA power/connector
    - CMOS reset button with safety cover
    - Guru LCD display
    - Easy OC button
    Dimension
    - ATX form factor 305 x 245mm
    Packaging Content
    - 1 x 7.1 channels Intel HD audio daughter card
    - 1 x Back I/O shield
    - 4 x SATA signal cables
    - 1 x Rounded ATA 100 cable
    - 1 x Rounded floppy cable
    - 1 x ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Owner's Manual
    - 1 x ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Multilingual QIG
    - 1 x ABIT uGuru User's Manual
    - 1 x ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Installation CD
    - 1 x SATA RAID Driver Disk
    - 1 x ABIT Case Badge
    - 1 x Jumper Setting Label
    - 1 x 2 ports USB2.0 + 2 ports IEEE194 Cable
    - 1 x SATA Power cable

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