It features FSB 1066 to support the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, it supports dual channel DDR 2 at 800MHz, has dual PCIe graphic card slots, a dual Gigabit LAN card, single Firewire, HD Audio and Abit's special motherboard cooling.
We are intrigued to read that this chipset and this motherboard can support both Nvidia and ATI graphic cards in their SLI/Crossfire modes. So far no one went public with this announcement but we heard that it should be possible, it has to be the matter of a driver. We will check about it with both Nvidia and ATI.
The board is using socket 775, has four DDR 2 memory slots, can support S-ATA 3G Raid 0/1/10 and 5, native NCQ support, optionally it comes with a board silicon image 3132 PCI SATA Raid controller.
The board runs ATI Silent Otes motherboard cooling, it supports Audio Max marchitecture and it comes with the µGuru tool. It will let you monitor, update or overclock your motherboard with a touch of a mouse button, we tried it and it's not a bad thing at all.
The board is expected sometimes in December just before Yule but that might be our only chance to test Crossfire versus SLI cards in the same direction. µ
UPDATE Nvidia contacted us and said that there is no official agreement between Intel and Nvidia. Therefore I975 based boards won't be certified for SLI. As far as Nvidia is concerned these boards cannot support SLI.
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