by R. K. Bloom

Abit AA8XE Fatal1ty chipset Intel 925XE Alderwood-Express

Abit AA8XE Fatal1ty chipset Intel 925XE Alderwood-Express

Over the past few years, eSports has a very strong growth. Several reasons for this phenomenon: the growing popularity of the Internet, the enthusiasm of the players, and most importantly, a solid advertising budgets allocated to the various manufacturers of computer components. In this case, manufacturers are killing two birds. First of all advertise their own brand, and secondly address global challenges: to prevent what would be a personal computer has become in the eyes of ordinary users of household appliances (such as the TV :) .

As in any sport, in e-sports have their own well-known players. One of the most famous is Jonathan Wendel (Johnathan Wendel), acting under the name Fatal1ty (http://www.fatal1ty.com/ sites and http://www.fatal1tyshootout.com/).

Personally, I first noticed him during the trans-Atlantic championship game between the teams Quake3 America and Europe (April 2001, the sponsor was the company AMD). Then the Europeans in the dust blew his rivals, and the Fatal1ty was the only American who has given serious fight members of the “old world”. And so far he was able to promote their brand to the global scale. And his fame and popularity was high enough that the company had Abit entered a contract with him.

In the summer of 2004 appeared the first information about the products with the brand Abit Fatal1ty. However, at Computex all members of the company kept a stubborn silence them. And only personal encounter with John was able to lift the veil of mystery.

In particular, it was a motherboard AA8XE Fatal1ty, which is based on the chipset with support for i925XE 1066Mgertsovoy system bus. Let me remind you that the boards on this chipset is much more attractive products for guaranteed performance i925X at FSB = 266Mgerts and above.

In addition, the interest in this board is great due to the fact that the previous flagship Abit – AA8 DuraMAX was very average product (which, incidentally, has a very democratic price.)

Specifications Abit AA8XE Fatal1ty

Box

The board is packaged in a box with a design executed in a brutal fashion:

Gloomy impression is created by the marks of bullets, and holes from the more powerful weapons :) ). Also impressive is the slogan of “BUILT TO KILL”, which means “created to kill” :) ).

As you can see a page opens up like a book page. Actually it is a fairly common design element. But the carrying handle boxes, unfortunately not. And this despite the fact that it was a half times more “standard” box.

On the reverse side of the box is a good description of the features of the motherboard, as well as a message to the buyer of the Fatal1ty, in which he praises AA8XE Fatal1ty :)

Completion

Motherboard

CD with software and drivers

Round One ATA-100 cable, one rounded FDD cable

Four SerialATA cables + a power supply (two slots)

User Manual in English + Quick Setup Manual

Users Guide mGuru

Bracket with 2 additional Firewire ports and 2 additional USB2.0 ports

Cable SP-DIF

The sticker with the jumpers layout diagram + logo sticker Abit

A rear panel of the housing

A floppy disk with drivers for the controller SerialATARAID ICH6R.

The cooling system RamFlow

The board is in a separate box with a transparent plastic lid.

It is the same scarf with audio connectors.

The rest is almost standard equipment: the aerodynamic loops, four SerialATA cables (and only one power supply adapter with two connectors), a bracket with two USB2.0 ports and two ports, Firewire, a cap on the rear panel and cable SP-DIF.

Much attention is paid to the documentation: a basic manual describes in detail the procedure to install the processor, the location and designation of connectors, as well as the BIOS settings. Quick Reference Guide contains information on building a system of 20 major languages, including Russian (size booklet – 20 pages :) .

As for the books of the functions mGuru, it is very brief, which, incidentally, is not it greatly reduces the information content (the function is very simple :) .

The CD-ROM contains a complete set of drivers, as well as a set of tools to control the chip mGuru. This is a system monitoring utility Abit EQ, a utility to overclock from Windows – OC Guru, a program for controlling audio functions of the Audio EQ, a program to control fan – FanEQ, and finally a program for technical support – BlackBox.

Also attached to the card 3 “floppy disk with the drivers to the RAID controller.

The only unusual element of the set – the cooling system memory called RamFlow:

This device is made of transparent plastic and has two 40mm fans that are connected via 3-pin connector (which means you can adjust the speed of rotation).

Final conclusion: given the relatively high cost of the product for a complete set can be put only an assessment of “4 -”. In particular the lack of a power supply adapters for SerialATA devices (needed two more connectors), a bracket with two ports USB2.0 (not all corps have additional ports), as well as the bracket with a COM port. The last element is particularly important: the rear panel does not have any COM ports, and to connect the relevant equipment (eg modem), this bracket is a must (and stores it occurs infrequently).