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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.


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