We start exploring the board from the bottom right. Right at the corner, you have the convenient Power On/Off and Reset Buttons, even though this is not a MAX board, Abit was generous enough to place the buttons so welcomed by Enthusiasts onboard. Right above the 2 small buttons is the CMOS Reset jumper, which I think is actually pretty well-placed, since it clears the path of any potential graphics cards or PCI expansion cards. A non-MAX board means that it does not have the convenience of the Clear CMOS switch at the Rear Panel.
Then comes the 4 SATA ports in red, and above them lie the BIOS chip. Very nearby of course is the CMOS battery.
Then the Southbridge, lying very close to the secondary PCI-E Graphics port, with a black heatsink overlaying. This thin heatsink gets just a little warm during running and is more than sufficient to cool the Southbridge properly.
Towards the East of the Southbridge, you see the 2 IDE Connectors facing outwards.
You would have already noticed that instead of an electronic switch to toggle between PCI-E Lanes of x16 or x8 x8, this board uses a physical SLI Switch Card to switch PCI-E routing, much like other 650i SLI boards. Flip it around to select between Single VGA or Dual VGA SLI Mode.
Look at the Expansion slot layout a little more carefully, you see that the PCIE 1x slot comes on top, followed by the primary Display card PCI-E slot, with a PCIE 1x slot coming next after 2 slot spacing. The secondary PCIE graphics port lie 3 slots away from the primary, and is then followed close with 2 PCI slots. So if you have a dual slot card SLI configuration, you get the last PCI slot available to plug in something like a sound card. I like the catch of the 2 PCI-E slots, very easy to unlock and remove cards even in cramped positions. At the very bottom, the Floppy Connector is placed, awkward position if you use a Floppy Drive, but for many who don’t, this puts the unnecessary port at an isolated and ignored spot.