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Abit AA8 DuraMAX 925X Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Abit

Introduction and Specifications


After looking at Abit's AV8 motherboard for the AMD 939-pin platform and what a success it turned out to be, I was very eager to get my hands on Abit's crowning board for the Intel platform.  The AA8 DuraMAX motherboard is based on the Intel 925X chipset for the 775-pin platform.  It of course includes the new lot of features like DDR2 memory and PCI Express, but how does it stack up against the competing Asus P5AD2 motherboard we reviewed not too long ago?

Lets jump right into the meat of the article then.

Specifications (from

LGA775 CPU Socket
- Designed for Intel® 90nm Prescott LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB
- Supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

Express Chipset
- Intel 925X / Intel ICH6R Express Chipset
- Supports Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0)

Flexible Memory
- Four 240-pin DIMM sockets (Un-buffered Non-ECC DIMM)
- Supports Dual channel DDR2-533/400 (Max. 4GB), Up to 8.5GB/s bandwidth

PCI Express x16 graphics
- PCI Express x16 graphics delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X at 2.1GB/s

PCI Express x1 I/O
- PCI Express x1 I/O offers 500MB/s concurrently, over 3.5 times more bandwidth than PCI at 133MB/s

- Four ports SATA 150 RAID 0/1, deliver higher performance and data protection
- Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing and native hot plug

High Definition Audio
- On board Theater-class 7.1 Channels Intel® High Definition Audio
- Professional digital audio interface supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out

IEEE 1394
- Supports 3 Ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate

Gigabit LAN
- On board GbE Gigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet

Internal I/O Connectors
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
- 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB
- 4 x SATA 150 Connectors
- 1 x Ultra ATA 100/66/33 Connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers
- 2 x IEEE 1394 headers
- 1 x FP-Audio header
- 1 x CD-IN

Back Panel I/O
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x Serial Port connector, 1 x Parallel Port connector
- 1 x Audio connector (Center/Subwoofer, Rear Surround, Surround Speaker)
- 1 x Audio connector (Line Out, Line-in, MIC-in)
- 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x IEEE1394 Connector
- 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x RJ-45 GbE LAN Connector

- ATX form factor (305 x 245 mm)

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