Packaging and Contents: When you first look at the Retail box, ABIT teases you with the window so you can get all giddy about what you are about to open.
When you finally open the box and unpack everything, here is what you are greeted with.
From top left to bottom right you get: Black floppy cable, 2x80 pin Black IDE cables, 2 port USB 2.0 backplate, MAX2 I/O panel, Serillel power connector, Serillel converter, 3 Blue zip ties and cable hold down clamps, Manual, SATA cable, RAID drivers floppy, and Driver CD.
Moving on to the board, I'll give you the $2 tour. Starting with the CPU socket, we can see that ABIT left some wiggle room around the socket for the bigger cooling solutions, and also the four mounting holes.
Here we can see the ATX power supply connector. Finally its placed high on the board, and out of the way of the HSF. You can also see two of the five available fan headers.
ABIT is again breaking from the pack by including the four pin 12V connector that are usually reserved for Intel boards. While not mandatory to connect to the power supply, if your current PSU has the P4 12V connector you can connect it to supply a clean 12V line which more of the current processors are running on. You can also see a hint of another fan header to the right of the ATX2 connector.
Here we have the two primary IDE connectors (left picture), and the Floppy (black), two IDE RAID (yellow) and two Serial ATA (black) connectors. So if we quickly do the math, that's 10 available devices. 8 on the IDE controllers, and 2 on the SATA controllers.
To tide you over until SATA becomes mainstream, ABIT includes their Serillel adaptor so you can utilize one SATA controller with an existing IDE hard drive.
Here is the stuffed backplane of the board. You can see the comeback of the PS2 ports, 6 USB 2.0 ports, 2 IEEE 1394 Firewire ports, 6 Channel AC97 sound with Digital S/PDIF, and the On-Board LAN.
Overall the layout of the board was well thought out, and is feature packed. The only complaint I had was the lack of room between the AGP lockdown lever and the RAM hold down above and the capacitor placement below. The tight quarters make it difficult to press the AGP lever all the way down to fully release the AGP card and the RAM hold down to release the RAM.
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