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Before the Motherboard makers had their Core 2 Duo Motherboars ready, the Intel D975XBX Bad Axe was a popular choice among enthusiasts who were lucky enough to obtain samples of Core 2 Duo. With the impending launch of Core 2 Quad in November, Intel unveils the D975XBX2, Bad Axe 2. This is Intel’s most liberal move in favour of the enthusiasts. You’ll see why… (Pencil Mods Included!)

The Intel D975XBX Bad Axe has gone through quite a few revisions,
from the first few revisions which are not Core 2 Duo Ready to the revision
3.04 which are Core 2 Duo ready. Before the Motherboard makers had their Core
2 Duo Motherboards ready, the Bad Axe was a popular choice among enthusiasts
who were lucky enough to obtain samples of Core 2 Duo. With the impending launch
of Core 2 Quad in November, Intel unveils the D975XBX2, Bad Axe 2, supposedly
optimized to run the Quad Core Processors.

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All in black, the Bad Axe 2 looks very similar to the Bad Axe
1.

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BX1 and BX2 side by side

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The BX2 offers Intel High Definition Audio with Dolby 7.1
channel sound

  • Support for Intel Core Extreme CPUs (dual and quad)

  • Intel 975 Express Chipset

  • Fully validated DDR2-800 memory support

  • Certified for ATi Crossfire Graphics Technology

  • On-board power button for convenient bench testing or fast
    power-on tests

  • eSATA support

  • New BIOS features for even more advanced overclocking

  • Dolby Master Studio drivers

  • Vista ready

 

Below are some of the key features of the BX2 over the BX1:

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  • Quad Core support (Kentsfield)

  • DDR2-800 Support

  • eSATA support

  • Enhanced BIOS features

  • Graceful exit of crashed system due to aggressive OC

  • Improved levels of overclocking for freq and voltage

  • Faster secondary SATA (1.5Gb/s vs 3.0Gb/s)

  • On-board power button for fast bench testing or system rests

 

It also packs a generous software bundle:

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