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 ABIT Launches the AT8 Motherboard, Breakthrough Visual Performance with ATI
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Posted: Jan 4 2006, 10:32 AM


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October 6, 2005 – With the release of CrossFire™-ready graphics cards, ATI fans have been chomping at the bit to build systems that accommodate this new force in graphics performance technology. By enabling two PCI-E graphics cards, CrossFire motherboards offer visual performance above and beyond single graphics solutions. Today, ABIT is proud to launch its first ATI CrossFire-ready motherboard, the AT8.

Featuring support for the latest AMD® Athlon™ 64X2/64FX/64 CPUs, high-definition 7.1ch audio technology, Silent OTES™ cooling, and support for dual ATI® CrossFire™ video cards, the AT8 provides outstanding multimedia performance for the most demanding desktop applications.



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Built around ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire dual slot PCI Express® architecture, the AT8 delivers leading graphics performance, bandwidth, and advanced functionality. With dual dedicated and balanced PCI Express graphics ports, the AT8 supports up to 2 GB peak bandwidth to both graphics cards making it ideal for Multi GPU systems. Support for the latest AMD Athlon 64X2/64FX/64 CPUs ensures that the AT8 is ready for the future, and 4GB of Dual Channel DDR provides the memory bandwidth necessary for intense 3d applications.

Silent OTES uses ABIT-designed heatpipe technology to transfer harmful heat away from the North Bridge and PWM area, where it's removed from the case by the CPU fan. The result - a totally silent platform offering excellent cooling efficiency by utilizing existing hardware, and ultimately providing enhanced performance, stability and a quieter experience for the end user.

The cooling system is made from the finest materials to ensure excellent cooling performance. The North Bridge and PWM area come in contact with high-grade aluminum heatsinks, which are fastened securely to ensure maximum contact for heat transfer. Utilizing existing airflow from the CPU fan, Silent OTES delivers excellent cooling with minimal noise thanks to its large surface area.

The AT8 uses the 2005 version of ABIT's exclusive µGuru™ technology, which integrates OC Guru™ overclocking, ABIT EQ™ hardware monitoring, FlashMenu™ 1-click BIOS updating, and BlackBox™ diagnostic technology into a user friendly Windows-based interface. With OC Guru, users can tune front side bus speeds and CPU voltages on-the-fly through Windows. ABIT EQ lets users monitor fan speeds, system voltages and temperatures at-a-glance, and FlashMenu™ 1-click BIOS update makes it easy to keep the system running in absolute peak condition. If a problem arises, BlackBox™ automatically detects your hardware configuration, allowing it to be sent to ABIT tech support for fast, friendly e-service. With µGuru, users have the most comprehensive suite of system utilities ever to power a desktop motherboard

Fully Featured for the Future
The AT8 is a motherboard with plenty of expansion possibilities. Two PCI-E X1 slots and two PCI slots allow you to add a variety of expansion cards to your system. Four SATAII RAID ports and two IDE ports make future storage expansion an easy task. Built-in USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394b functionality means connectivity to all the latest high-speed peripherals and multimedia devices. On-board Dual PCI-E Gigabit LAN provides lighting fast connections.


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