Abit launched its AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards this week, supporting the new Intel Core 2 Duo microprocessors. Both motherboards include the Intel 975X chipset, with the differences deriving from the number of SATA connections as well as the number of heat pipes used. The boards will be "available soon in a store near you," according to Abit.
Both boards are described as "quad-core ready". Prices were not announced.
The MAX version includes upon the basic AW9D by including seven internal SATA connections, capable of being configured in either RAID 0, 1, 0+1, or 5 configurations. The basic board includes just four internal SATA connections. In addition, the AW9D-MAX adds an external SATA connection, which the basic board lacks. Furthermore, the MAX board includes a pair of "silent OTES" heat pipes for cooling purposes, while the basic board includes just one.
Interestingly, the boards support both dual-graphics solutions: the CrossFire from ATI as well as SLI from Nvidia.