It's no mystery that we really enjoy working with ABIT motherboards around here. Most of us cut our teeth on early ABIT mobo's back in the day. I personally started out with the now famous BH6 and haven't looked back. ABIT has since introduced their fair share of innovative motherboards and today we are taking a look at what could possibly be the one of the hottest motherboards introduced to date. With features, flexibility and options that you simply cannot find on any other motherboard, we lift the hood and see what the ABIT IC7-MAX3 has to offer.
IEEE 1394 - Supports IEEE 1394a at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate
Internal I/O Connectors - 1 x AGP, 5 x PCI slots - 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB - 2 x Ultra DMA 33/66/100 Connectors - 4 x SATA 150 Connectors - 2 x USB 2.0 headers, 2 x IEEE 1394a header - 1 x CD-IN, 1 x AUX-IN
Back Panel I/O - 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse - 1 x S/PDIF Out connector, 1 x S/PDIF In connector - 1 x Audio connectors (Front Speaker, Line-in, Mic-in) - 1 x Audio connectors (Center/Sub, Surround Speaker) - 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE 1394a - 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector
Secure IDE™ - X-Wall® Chip ensures privacy and confidentiality of your data through entire disk encryption - Hardware secure key authenticates during computer booting - Without the key, your hard disk can not be accessed - Device Driver free, Compatible with all OS - Zero CPU and memory utilization - Ultra ATA 100/133 hard drive supported - Automatic and transparent encryption/decryption
Miscellaneous - ATX form factor - Hardware monitoring: Including Fan speeds, Voltages, System environment temperature
Package - IC7-MAX3 Motherboard x 1 - SATA Single cable x 4 - User's Manual x 1 - SATA power cable x 2 - English Quick Installation Guide x 1 - IEEE 1394 6P + 4P + USB 2.0 - Support CD x 1, Utility Disk x 1 with bracket cable x 1 - Jumper Setting Label x 1 - I/O Shield x 1 - Ultra DMA Cable x 1 - SecureIDE x 1 - FDD cable x 1
Let's head over to page 2 to checkout the specs of the Intel i875P chipset utilized here on the ABIT IC7-MAX3 Motherboard.
Out of the Box
Upon opening the box you'll be greeted by 2 smaller boxes. One holding instructions, software and a sweet ABIT case badge. The other has cables, adaptors, ATX plate and a USB port. Let's take a look.
ABIT has taken great care in the packaging of their finest motherboard. Just as they did with the IC7-G MAX2, the MAX3 comes with everything you'll need to get up and running at record speeds. Here are the extra's.
It's pretty top notch of ABIT to include custom IDE cables, as well as 4 SATA cables, SATA power adaptors, the USB ports as well as the required ATX I/O plate. Especially with the custom cooling setup, you'll definitely need to use the included I/O plate.
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