We recently had the opportunity to talk with Abit about some of the newer motherboards on the horizon. We got a few snapshots of Abit's R+D just for the occasion.

Abit's AT8 is a completely new SKU for the company. In fact, it's also the company's first ATI based motherboard as well. The AT8 features the ATI RD480 north bridge with ULI's M1575 south bridge. With the news that Radeon X1600 and X1300 cards will no longer need a mastercard to operate in Crossfire mode, Crossfire boards like the AT8 will certainly become a more viable alternative to SLI in the near future.

The AT8 should have a lot of recognizable features - although some are new to Abit. The new heatpipe between the north bridge and the power regulation provides completely noiseless cooling solution -- which I guess is a must if you plan on keeping the noise level of two X850s manageable. Of course, the AT8 is also legacy free.

Abit's AN8 is already widely regarded as one of the standard recommendations for Socket 939. The AN8 32X is the high end successor to the original AN8, complete with C51D southbridge and two full x16 PEG slots.


We spoke briefly to Corsair about some new products. With all of the memory intensive games these days, it's no surprise that Corsair has focused a lot of attention on the high density market. Corsair tells us to expect the XMS-4400PT, 2GB high frequency kits next week.



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  • unclebud - Thursday, November 10, 2005 - link

    they all the way in taiwan or somwehere and they see that the fame of south park has stretched all the way to there? i have friend in Taiwan and it is amusing to me that she uses Bart Simpson icons for MSNger
    i don't care about none of this stuff cause i'm not gonna buy any of it til its sub $100 if then
    but its good to be entertained
    thanks to the authors for the article
  • kerii7 - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    Anyone else notice the Kenny figureine hanging on the cubicle wall? :) Reply
  • ksherman - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    OMG that is absolutely crazy that you all would notice that and think it was important enough to mention... Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    Looks to me more like a bundle of cables. Close, though! Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    Oops... looked at the wrong thing! There's a little kenny *next* to the bundle of cables. LOL. "OMG - They killed Kenny!" Reply
  • yacoub - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    Any update on when the passively-cooled Asus 7800 series card will hit the supply lines?
    Looking forward to a passively cooled 7800GT!
  • decptt - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    Waiting for the DFI-Expert review from Anandtech :D Reply
  • mostlyprudent - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    The Anandtech team will be awefully busy as I expect in depth reviews of all of these products...ASAP! :-) Reply
  • segagenesis - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    ...OCZ putting holes in the heat spreader only to be covered up in one spot by a big "Z"? Ummm, ok, just dont charge me $10 for that please.

    The Gigabyte video with Zalman cooler is a terrific idea at least. I still find modern video card coolers to not be that much better than the old Geforce FX 5800 hairdryer.
  • ksherman - Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - link

    definetly agree with the gigabyte comment.... I LOVE my Zalman 770ALCu, so quite and at full load, my temps are STILL lower than idle used to be with the factory HSF (MSI 6600GT) and it is overclocked from 500/1000 to 585/1200MHz... the only thing missing though is that there does not seem to be any heatsinks on the memory chips, which is really a huge part of the genious behind the Zalman cooler... Reply

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