Date: May 27th, 2004
Article by: Roger (Hardware
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Abit
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ABIT CORPORATE PROFILE
The brand name 'ABIT" has been a symbol of quality, performance,
and stability for a long time. No matter where you are, you can find
ABIT's products and the spirit our products have. It is a great honor
for us to be one of the premier motherboard manufacturers in the world.
Without every employee's hard work and outstanding teamwork, it is impossible
for ABIT to achieve all this. ABIT has also had the help and support
of great partners along the way.
Looking towards the future. ABIT will never be content
only being a world-class motherboard manufacturer. We want to create
new lifestyles and explore new IT innovations. That is why we created
The MAX Series. True to its name, MAX has the functionality to allow
you to maximize what the future has to offer. In addition to the motherboard
market, we keep inventing new products and expanding our markets; our
multimedia, server, and barebones systems are excellent examples of
our goal for expansion. By making different types of products to fit
all kinds of consumer tastes, we are able to make more consumers benefit
from ABIT's spirit of quality and innovation.
ABIT has long been a name synonymous with excellence.
Speed. Stability. Power. These words are used by ABIT to describe itself.
Most would agree. ABIT has always been a favourite of serious users,
overclockers and enthusiasts.
Today, I've the pleasure of reviewing ABIT's Athlon 64
MAX3 board, the KV8-MAX3. The MAX3 line has developed a very strong
following among overclockers due to the insane potential it offers.
From high voltages to fantastic BIOS control, it just calls out to people
who demand the best from their motherboards.
"The KV8-MAX3 is equipped with features never even conceived for
a desktop motherboard. For users who require MAXimum security and
storage, the ABIT MAX3 features 6 channel serial ATA RAID with the
Silicon Image 4-port serial ATA RAID controller plus native 2 channel
support, as well as ABIT's latest ABIT Engineered™ feature: Secure
IDE™. But what is most exciting about MAX3 is that it features the
most advanced cooling technology ever seen before on a motherboard
This board offers so many options and will appeal to a wide range of
users. Let's take a closer look.
Benefits of VIA K8T800
VIA Hyper8™ Technology
VIA's ground breaking Hyper8™ technology provides a full 16-bit/800MHz
on upstream and downstream buses of HyperTransport link between the
K8T800 North Bridge and next generation 64-bit compatible platforms
based around AMD Athlon™ 64 and Opteron processors, achieving data transfers
speeds of up to 6.4GB/s. Read more about Hyper8 technology. Read more
about Hyper8 technology here.
VIA Modular Architecture Platform
To best exploit the rapid pace of innovation in the PC industry, particularly
with reference to I/O technology, VIA have opted for a classic North/South
Bridge configuration allowing for the most scalable mainboard design,
enabling new functionality to be integrated in an expedient and practical
manner, thus providing the fastest time to market with new features
and system performance enhancements.
Native Serial ATA/RAID Support
The VIA DriveStation™ Controller Suite with native dual channel Serial
ATA/RAID controller, provides direct support for two 150MB/s Serial
ATA devices and its unique SATAlite™ interface expands support for two
additional SATA devices. The V-RAID controller features native RAID
0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1* and JBOD, ensuring optimum data integrity and system
performance. The user friendly V-RAID software interface enables easy
disk array configuration and management.
VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite
Delivering rich, warm surround sound at resolutions as high as 24/96
through up to six- or eight-channel outputs, the VIA Vinyl Audio 5.1
surround sound and VIA Vinyl Gold Audio 7.1 surround sound enables crisp,
clear performance, representing the highest levels of audio quality
in a mainstream integrated or onboard solution.
Unified VIA Hyperion 4in1 Drivers
VIA's unified approach to drivers has been established for eight generations
of chipsets, allowing end users to benefit from seamless hardware and