uGuru et al

Universal Abit has unveiled two new Broadwater P965 based motherboards. The new AB9 and AB9 Pro will cater towards mainstream and enthusiast users with desirable features such as uGuru and Silent O-TES technologies. Both boards have a couple differences, with the AB9 equipped with the ICH8 while the AB9 Pro has the ICH8R. There’s also the additional Silicon Image SiL3132 SATAII controller the AB9 Pro has for eSATA and dual Gigabit Ethernet too.

Other than those minor differences both boards will support Core 2 and previous LGA775 processors up to 1066 MHz front-side bus. A maximum of 8GB system memory is supported with DDR2-533/667/800 MHz modules. There’s plenty of room for expansion with one PCI Express x16, two PCI Express x1, and two PCI slots, which is plenty for those running single-graphics card systems. Those that wish to run SLI or CrossFire will have to look towards the 975X based AB8/AB8 Pro or upcoming nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition and RD600 based boards.

Universal Abit has equipped the AB9 and AB9 Pro with plenty of SATA II ports—8 on the AB9 and 10 on the AB9 Pro. Those looking for RAID support will have to opt for the AB9 Pro as it has the ICH8R with support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 10. Both boards feature the Realtek ALC882D with support for Dolby Digital Live encoding.

Pricing and availability is unknown at the time but expect boards to show up in retail within a couple of weeks.

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