Abit Discusses their Finances and Future

Abit has been rocked in the last 6 months with unpleasant news about their finances and questions about their future in a very competitive motherboard market. We met with Abit at the end of Computex to discuss frankly their widely reported financial problems and their directions for the near future.

Abit was very frank about the difficulties that they faced when their purchasing was frozen by the investigation into reported irregularities by the Taiwan equivalent of the Stock Exchange. During that difficult period, Abit was forced to do all purchasing on a cash basis, which severely limited their ability to sample and launch new products.

Recent developments, however, bode better for Abit's future. The complaint against Abit has been returned with the recommendation, according to Abit, that there was no evidence found to warrant further actions on the charges brought against Abit. Abit expects all charges against the company to be dropped in the near future.

In addition, Abit now has a new financial partner in Wan Hai Industries. Wan Hai is a huge Chinese containerized shipping company, and they are also a principal investor in China Airlines. As a new principal investor in Abit, Wan Hai has infused new capital and credit lines into the Abit organization.

Abit's new-found confidence about their future was evident everywhere in the extensive range of new products in their booth. This was quite an improvement from the Abit gloom of CES last January.

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These ranged form the long-awaited Fatality SLI with innovative heat-pipe cooling for the nForce4 chipset.

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Similar features are found on the Intel-chipset AW8.

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To the Abit version of the full ULI chipset for AMD. This board should turn a lot of heads in buyers looking for value and performance in an AMD 939 motherboard.

Abit was also displaying the very innovative external uGuru clock, which allows adjustments of just about everything that an enthusiast can imagine...

...combined with a Windows XP uGuru utility that even integrates the popular Skype Voice-Over-IP utility.

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  • nserra - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - link

    Any one know what speed FX57 will work?
    Acording to my mobo web site is 2.6Ghz, anyone?

  • nserra - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - link

    I agree with #17 i want some Uli board review.

    I have been installing Asrock K8 Combo-Z, K8Upgrade-1689 or 939A8X-M and all look good.
  • Houdani - Monday, June 13, 2005 - link

    I'm all in favor of moving away from the legacy ports, but is this a new trend to put radiators and shrouds where the parallel/serial ports used to reside?

    BTW, what IS with that yellow shroud on the Elitegroup board?
  • kmmatney - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    So when are we going to get a review of a ULi based motherboard? Anandtech has hinted at good things... Reply
  • flatblastard - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    #9 xsilver

    Yeah, that new external uGuru looks like a cheap Atomic clock. I saw one just like it at Walgreens the other day, lol.
  • cwroten - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    I have been told by Jetway as of June 8 2005 that the A210GDAG-Pro motherboard will not be available in the USA. The A210GDMS-Pro (uAtx version) is available thru Newegg.
  • plewis00 - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    Hasn't it been proven heatspreaders are usually a waste of time anyway? Isn't the best way to cool these things, good airflow. When I say usually I mean on your mid-high end DDR400 DIMMs, not on the ultra-fast 3.6V stuff. Reply
  • JNo - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    Guys, that diamond was a good heat conductor was news to me but that carbon fibre should be is very surprising. "Carbon" as a conductor per se does not mean anything because the particular allotrope will determine physical and other properties. The fibres are made of graphite sheets which are very *poor* conductors of heat (I remember holding graphite in blue bunsen flames and feeling nothing). I presume Geil knows what it is doing but am nevertheless surprised that carbon fibre should not insulate (maybe it dissipates heat very effectively though?). Reply
  • sprockkets - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    Anyone have any experience with Jetway? Their uATX Radeon Express board has Azalia whatever sound with 32MB on board memory with 4 dimms for a 939 socket athlon and a reliable ULi southbridge instead of the buggy ATI ones. Not bad for $95. No gbe though, but big deal. Reply
  • Avalon - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    I wonder if that little net box 500mhz 1 watt machine is running an AMD Geode. Reply

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