With AMD’s Hammer (and corresponding motherboards) due sometime this quarter, we’ve decided to conclude our coverage of Intel’s 845PE chipset with a final individual motherboard review before the swarm of new motherboard and chipset technology (which includes Hammer and Springdale/Canterwood products) start arriving in the coming weeks/months.

Therefore, today we bring you our eighth individual 845PE motherboard review. The ABIT IT7 MAX2 V.2 is the new and improved version of the IT7 MAX2 V.1 (which was based on the now ancient 845E chipset, which officially supported no higher than DDR266 memory). See how the new and improved IT7 MAX2 stacks up against the competition, and why you might be able to throw in a shiny new Pentium 4 running at 800MHz FSB this year…

Motherboard Specifications

CPU Interface
Socket-478
Chipset
Intel 82845PE MCH
Intel 82801DB ICH
Bus Speeds
up to 250MHz in 1MHz increments
Core Voltages Supported
up to 1.70V (in 0.025V increments)
I/O Voltages Supported
N/A
DRAM Voltages Supported
up to 2.8V in 0.1V increments
Memory Slots
3 184-pin DDR DIMM slots
Expansion Slots
1 AGP 4X Slot
4 PCI Slots
Onboard RAID
Highpoint HPT374 Controller (two onboard RAID connectors)
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394
USB 2.0 Supported through South Bridge plus additional onboard USB 2.0 controller (VIA VT6202)
TI TSB43AB23 FireWire PHY
Onboard LAN
Realtek TRL8100B Controller
Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC650 Controller
Onboard Serial ATA
Marvel 88i8030 (two onboard SATA connectors)
BIOS Revision
11/28/2002
ABIT IT7 Max2 Version 2: Basic Features
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