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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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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.

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