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Abit AT7-MAX2 Motherboard Review

GF City Computers
Price: $155 USD


Abit has been one of my favorite, if not my favorite, motherboard company of all times. I like their motherboards because they pack them with high performance parts, the bios is always overclocker friendly, and their tech support is good. Today, we'll be looking at the Abit AT7-MAX2 Socket A motherboard which uses the VIA KT400 chipset. The last motherboard that we reviewed was a few months ago, on the Asus A7V8X. This board did well on the benchmarks so it should make a good candidate for comparisons in our Abit AT7-MAX2 review.

When Abit launched their MAX (first series) motherboard, they shocked everyone when they didn't included PS/2 ports! I don't think the computer industry was ready to give up their PS/2 ports, not yet anyway. Abit's whole idea about the MAX series motherboard was to get rid of older and outdated legacy ports like the PS/2 ports, Serial ports, Parallel port, and ect. They also gave the MAX series USB 2.0 thorought, along with on-board sound and LAN.

Since then, Abit has came out with the MAX2 series motherboard and it includes some new technologies such as the Serial ATA (SATA 150). Abit has also brought back the PS/2 ports! I think that was a very good call on their part, and they should do much better with the MAX2 series motherboards because of that.


  • DDR400 Support
  • Serial ATA (SATA 150)
  • Raid (ATA 133)
  • AGP 8X (Version 3.0)
  • (6) USB 2.0 Ports (Fast USB)
  • (2) Firewire Ports
  • 6 Channel Audio
  • S/PDIF Out
  • 10/100 LAN
  • 4 Dimm slots (up to 3.5GB)



    - AMD Socket A Duron (100MHz FSB) Processors up to 1.3GHz
    - AMD Socket A Athlon (100/133MHz FSB) Processors up to 1.4GHz.
    - AMD Socket A Athlon XP Processors up to 2600+

    - VIA KT400 / VT8235
    - Supports Hi-Speed UniversaSeriaBus (USB 2.0)
    - Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)
    - Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 4X/8X (1.5V/0.8V)

    - Four 184-pin DIMM sockets
    - Supports 2 DIMM DDR 333/400 (Max. 2GB)
    - Supports 3 DIMM Un-buffered DDR 200/266 (Max. 3GB)
    - Supports 4 DIMM Registered DDR 200/266 (Max. 3.5GB)

    - On board Marvel88i8030 Controller x 2
    - Support SATA data transfer rates 150 MB/s (1.5G bps)

    - High Point HPT374 IDE RAID Controller supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133
    - RAID 0/1/0+1(striping + mirroring mode for boosting performance and data security)

    - 6-ChanneAC 97 CODEC on board
    - Professional digital audio interface supporting 24-bit SPDIF OUT

     Media XP (Optional)
    - Supports card reader function for Memory Stick™, Secure Digital™ and Type I/II CompactFlash
    - Supports Wireless Remote Control and S/PDIF Out / Mic In / Headphone Out / USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394

     System BIOS
    - SoftMenu™ Technology to set CPU parameters
    - Supports Plug-and-Play (PNP)
    - Supports Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI)
    - Supports Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
    - Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS

    - On board 10/100Mb Operation supports ACPI & Wake on LAN

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

     InternaI/O Connectors
    - 1 x AGP, 5 x PCI slots
    - Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB
    - 4 x Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 Connectors
    - 2 x SeriaATA 150 Connectors
    - 2 x USB headers, 1 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
    - 4 x USB, 2 x IEEE 1394
    - 1 x S/PDIF Output
    - Audio connectors (Front Speaker, Line-in, Mic-in, Center/Sub, Surround Speaker)
    - 2 x USB, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector

    - ATX form factor
    - Hardware monitoring - Including Fan speeds, Voltages, System environment temperature

    1. Installation & Specifications
    2. Closer Look
    3. Configuration
    4. Testing
    5. Testing & Conclusion
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