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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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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.

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