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Abit AN-M2HD High Definition Motherboard

Price: $88.75


I want my HTPC! Many of us have been saying this lately; with the prices of computer components dropping and just becoming frustrated with all the wires that need to be ran from all the separate components when you build a normal home theater, it just might be easier to have everything come from one source. How many of you have tons of movies lying around collecting dust in, on or hidden in shelves, racks or closets? It always seems the day that you want to pull out that copy of Animal House or Van Wilder, you spend more time searching for the disk than the time it would actually take to watch the movie.

Building an HTPC could help you get rid of all that clutter and allow you to store all those movies in your attic, giving you room to showcase all your bowling trophies again. Depending on the size of the hard drive you choose, it’s possible to store hundreds of your favorite movies in one location and access them with the click of a button. Some of you might be saying, but what about music? Yup, that too and considering the size of an MP3 in relation to a movie, storage can be in the thousands! So now you can have movies, games and music, as well as the Internet at your fingertips without having to get off the couch to look for a CD case or to change the input on your receiver.

“Abit has had many success stories over the past 15+ years that they have been manufacturing computing components. Looking forward, the company is looking to what they call “Bulletproof Technology”. How does this benefit the end user you might ask? It means that you can expect a product that is designed with quality, stability, reliability and superior engineering to last longer and be more reliable for the end user.”


Closer Look:

Lately, Abit has been sliding away from the usual dull motherboard box packaging and is becoming more creative with different images and fonts that seem to catch the eye. The AN-M2HD is built to be a High Definition motherboard for an HTPC and the packaging portrays this.



The inside of the box had two separated panels, one which contains the bundled accessories and the other the motherboard itself.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Board)
  3. Installation & Closer Look (The Bios)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  5. Configuration
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Apopysis and WinRar)
  8. Testing (Specview)
  9. Testing ( PC Mark05 Professional)
  10. Testing ( Sandra X1 Professional)
  11. Testing ( ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune)
  12. Testing (Far Cry)
  13. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  14. Testing ( Call of Duty II)
  15. Testing ( Quake 4)
  16. Testing (NFS Most Wanted)
  17. Extras
  18. Conclusion
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