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Only two more days until AMD's AM2 launch

AMD is poised to announce the AM2 platform on Tuesday, but motherboard manufacturers are already gearing up for the launch.  We were able to get a sneak peak at another high end nForce 570 motherboard expected to ship on Tuesday, the Universal Abit KN9 SLI.  nForce 570 is NVIDIA's step down chipset from nForce 590, but still features dual PEG adaptor lanes that will automatically reconfigure to dual x8 configurations if two video cards are placed in the slots. 

The KN9 SLI uses NVIDIA's nForce 570 and both onboard dual Gigabit LAN PHYs.   Audio is provided by the Realtek ALC883 codec, which provides 7.1 channel playback.  The motherboard also features an optical audio output.  The board also features two PCIe x1 adaptors and two PCI adaptors. 

The board also supports six SATA 3.0Gbps interfaces, two Firewire-400 headers (neither of which are available via the I/O interface), a single floppy drive interface, ten USB 2.0 channels (four from the back I/O interface) and a single UDMA adaptor.  We were a little surprised to see Abit, the pioneers of legacy-free motherboards, adopt a floppy interface. 

Like most high end motherboards based on nForce components, the KN9 SLI features a heatpipe design that does not require active cooling over the MCP.  The board is also unique in the fact that Universal Abit designed the PEG adaptors slightly further apart than normal, which should allow for slightly better thermals and water-cooling blocks.  No price has been set for the KN9 SLI, though distributors have estimated the board will retail for about $150 at launch.

Universal Abit's webpage has some images of the motherboard available, though a few specifications have changed since the company announced the motherboard earlier this month.


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not convinced
By Missing Ghost on 5/21/2006 11:25:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don't like the board.....
Bad choice of ports on the I/O port, weak looking cpu vrm, sata/usb ports in the way of long cards....they should remove one of the 1x slots and put a third pci, people use more pci than pcie 1x....floppy port is not where people like it. I won't get one.




RE: not convinced
By Megatomic on 5/21/2006 11:39:20 PM , Rating: 3
Hmm, all that griping and you didn't care about just one IDE port? Both of my optical drives are IDE still and they each get their own channel on my current mobo - and that's the best way to configure dual optical drives. I wonder why the world is getting away from IDE when CDs and DVDs are still almost exclusively IDE. Weird...


RE: not convinced
By bob661 on 5/21/2006 11:47:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I wonder why the world is getting away from IDE when CDs and DVDs are still almost exclusively IDE.
Because you can put them both on one channel. Not to mention, why does one need two optical drives?


RE: not convinced
By ZeRoSKiLL on 5/22/2006 12:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps so they can copy on-the-fly?


RE: not convinced
By Griswold on 5/22/2006 8:27:17 AM , Rating: 2
Handcuffs for the pirate!


RE: not convinced
By xsilver on 5/22/2006 9:30:25 AM , Rating: 2
pirates or lazy people = no difference

1 drive = latest game being played
2nd drive = music cd, or blank for whatever

call me lazy but isnt that what computers are for? dont agree? get an abacus ;)


RE: not convinced
By bob661 on 5/22/2006 9:42:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
2nd drive = music cd, or blank for whatever
Ever heard of MP3?


RE: not convinced
By xsilver on 5/22/2006 10:19:47 AM , Rating: 2
ever heard of ripping your own rather than itunes or download?





RE: not convinced
By bob661 on 5/22/2006 9:42:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Perhaps so they can copy on-the-fly?
What CD's can be copied on the fly nowadays?


RE: not convinced
By xsilver on 5/22/2006 10:23:48 AM , Rating: 2
audio cds - although some will notice the difference
dvd home movies you make yourself work on the fly at least @ 4x --- you can probably set @ 8/16x but justlink will probably kick in --

pi errors will obviously be higher but thats ok for handing out photos/videos to families if you still have a good master


RE: not convinced
By xsilver on 5/22/2006 10:27:03 AM , Rating: 2
also not to mention if you have an old 40/80gb or even 120/160gb drive in pata that you use for backups -- no luck - ur screwed


RE: not convinced
By DigitalFreak on 5/22/2006 8:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
Umm... No. For those with dual width cards in SLI, this is the perfect layout. It leaves 1 PCI-E and one PCI slot available.


man
By yanquii on 5/21/2006 10:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
That sure is an ugly board.




RE: man
By Visk on 5/21/2006 10:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
Very true. They've never been pretty...cept for the Fatality series with the OTES


RE: man
By keitaro on 5/21/2006 10:49:01 PM , Rating: 5
Quality first, appearance/looks second. You can have a fancy looking motherboard with gold border rims and blings attached to selected parts and still have it perform horribly on anything beyond stock settings. :P


RE: man
By Aquila76 on 5/22/2006 8:30:34 AM , Rating: 3
I believe there is an inverse proportion between bling and performance. As the bling increases, the performance decreases. I call it the 'Hip-Hop Effect' (TM).


RE: man
By GoatMonkey on 5/22/2006 8:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
I have a stack of 5 non-functional Abit boards that says their quality is not that good.


RE: man
By bigboxes on 5/22/2006 9:06:05 AM , Rating: 2
And I have 5 working boards. Question: Why do you save non-working parts?

As for the asthetics of the board I really don't care what it looks like as long as it's well laid out, built with quality parts and provides rock-solid stability. I don't have cases with windows. I'll leave the "bling" market to DFI. It's good to know that Abit's new partner has provided them with much needed resources.


RE: man
By theprodigalrebel on 5/22/2006 12:26:57 AM , Rating: 1
If a board costs north of $100, it better be Black or Red.


RE: man
By KHysiek on 5/22/06, Rating: -1
boring as hell
By arswihart on 5/21/2006 11:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
This is an example of how boring a news item on Dailytech could possible be




RE: boring as hell
By mcphailvdoulton on 5/22/2006 12:01:01 AM , Rating: 2
how exciting do you expect news on a tech site to be? maybe something with a headline along the lines of "Abit CEO says 'I did not have sexual relations with that motherboard!'" ?


RE: boring as hell
By SpaceRanger on 5/22/2006 12:27:32 AM , Rating: 2
But he did! I swear!


RE: boring as hell
By Topweasel on 5/22/2006 8:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
Man, you really can't make everyone happy. DT puts normal news on and people scream bloody murder about it being a tech site. So they put the news up about a new board thats using a new chipset for a new socket and people scream bloody murder about tech news being boring.

Don't like the news covered go somewhere else.


PS2 aren't considered "Legacy ports"?
By vailr on 5/22/2006 12:42:13 AM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see a modern motherboard without any PS2 ports. Abit offered one, called "Maxx", a couple of years ago. Also: one with an updated EFI bios. That is, a bios which includes both: EFI and conventional bioses, for compatability with WinXP. And, EFI for whenever Vista starts supporting it.




RE: PS2 aren't considered "Legacy ports"?
By peternelson on 5/22/2006 4:24:30 AM , Rating: 2

Yeah I want to see EFI done by all vendors ASAP.

Particularly Gigabyte because I like their boards.


RE: PS2 aren't considered "Legacy ports"?
By Wwhat on 5/22/2006 9:13:08 AM , Rating: 2
I don't trust EFI, seems to me to be the next vector to force linux out and DRM in.
I fear it will be the IE of BIOSes


By Spoonbender on 5/22/2006 9:36:21 AM , Rating: 2
EFI which is an industry standard, and is supported by Linux, but not yet by Windows, you mean? Yeah, I can see how that'd kill Linux. In other news, Grub is actually made by Microsoft to be able to control, and prevent, Linux users from booting their computers.


get 'em by the dozen
By ShizNet on 5/22/2006 9:10:15 AM , Rating: 1
i have 2 dead k7 mobos to remind me 'stay the hell away from abit' if i ever get tempted

http://www.abitsettlement.com/





RE: get 'em by the dozen
By Plasmoid on 5/22/2006 11:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
My god get a life.

Everyone knows about those capicitor failures. Abit, Asus, MSI EVERYONE got a batch of dodgy capacitors from a certain companies, and now Abit use Japanese capacitors on all they motherboards. No other manufacturer guarantees that all the capacitors they use are not from the companies that supplied faulty ones before, but they dont get panned for that.

That was years ago. Of course, Abit mobos do have problems but they die about as often as other ones, they just had bugs to iron out last year. The quality of their motherboards are up their with anyone else, it's just a shame they were down on after sales supports with they financial trouble.


RE: get 'em by the dozen
By ShizNet on 5/22/2006 1:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
a shame they were down on after sales supports with they financial trouble.

have you heard about - quality assurance? money for goods (not bads}?

technical PROBLEM...
financial PROBLEM...
engineering PROBLEM..
problem PROBLEM....
so lets still buy it - may be this one is good

and i bet that's why you drive ISUZU or some other korean car, which is NOT even sold any more, but still has 10 year-warranty (on grave yard)!!!


RE: get 'em by the dozen
By Plasmoid on 5/22/2006 7:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
If you scour the ABIT support forums you will find no problems with dodgy capcitors anymore, and the big issue is bios problems.

It's not so much that there is anything wrong with the bios' that come originally with the boards its that they werent updated and started having compatibility issues. The big one was the problems with X-fi cards that took them a good 3 months to solve.

Their Q&A seems to be pretty good. I see about no massive ammount of people posting to tech forums about DOA boards from ABIT over any other manufacturer, and i havent heard of them having faulty components across a batch or anything like that. Their prices aint bad either, so financial problems when it comes to user side (mind, the fatal1ty ones are a rip off)

I dont really understand what you meant by the car analogy though...


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By Tupolev22m on 5/22/2006 12:30:19 AM , Rating: 3
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