ABIT KN8 SLi

board small  ABIT KN8 SLi

It has been a while since we have last taken a look at an ABIT motherboard. Today, we will be taking a look at the ABIT KN8 SLi, the latest addition to the SLI boards available to consumers at a really attractive price.

It has been a while since we have last taken a look at an ABIT motherboard. Today, we will be taking a look at the ABIT KN8 SLi, the latest addition to the SLI boards available to consumers at a really attractive price.

The KN8 SLi is a no frills
board, offering a standard set of features and connectors that would satisfy
most users and overclockers. The motherboard is designed with the
budget-conscious buyers in mind, so ABIT engineers threw the uGuru out of the
window, but still retained the silent cooling by just replacing the copper OTES
unit with a simpler-looking aluminum one.

 

board  ABIT KN8 SLi

 

The box itself has reverted
to the simple design ABIT once used. It looks very clean, but is still quite
eye-catching. The back of the box looks very informative, providing some details
on the board’s features and cooling implementation.

 

Let us
now take a look at this board’s specifications:


ABIT Engineered


CPU ThermalGuard
Technology
Silent OTES II
SoftMenu Technology


CPU Support


AMD Athlon64 X2
AMD Athlon64 FX
AMD Athlon64
Supports AMD Cool ‘n’
Quiet


Memory Support


Four 184-pin DDR SDRAM
DIMM sockets
Supports dual channel
DDR400 un-buffered ECC/non-ECC memory
Supports maximum memory
capacity of up to 4GB


Chipset


nVidia nForce 4 SLI


Audio


Realtek ALC850
7.1-channel audio codec
Optical S/PDIF output
Supports auto jack
sensing


Expansion Slots


2 PCI Express x16 slots
3 PCI Express x1 slots
2 PCI slots


IDE


2 UDMA33/66/100/133
ports supporting up to four devices


SATA


4 SATA 3Gb/s ports
Supports SATA AHCI,
providing NCQ and native hot plug
Supports SATA RAID
0/1/0+1


Networking


Vitesse SimpliPHY
VSC8201RX GbE controller w/ nV Firewall


Firewire


Supports
100/200/400Mb/s transfer rates


Rear Panel I/O Ports


1 PS/2 keyboard port
1 PS/2 mouse port
1 optical S/PDIF output
Surround left/right,
rear left/right, centre/subwoofer audio jacks
Line-in, line-out, mic-in
audio jacks
4 USB 1.1/2.0 ports
1 RJ-45 LAN port
1 IEEE1394 port


I/O Connectors


1 front panel audio
header
1 IEEE1394 header
3 USB headers
2 PCI-E x16 slots
3 PCI-E x1 slots
2 PCI slots
1 FDD connector
2 IDE connectors
4 SATA connectors


BIOS


PhoenixBIOS D686


Hardware Monitor


Fan fail alarm
CPU FanEQ speed control
CPU warning
temperature/shutdown temperature
CPU/System/PWM
temperature monitoring
CPUFAN/SYSFAN/AUXFAN1
RPM monitoring
Vcore/Vdimm/3.3V/5V/12V/HTT
voltage/Chipset voltage monitoring


Power Connectors


24-pin ATX connector
4-pin ATX 12V connector
4-pin 12V molex
(required only if you use SLI)


Form Factor


ATX
305mm x 245mm

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