Abit AN-M2HD

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Version Status Date Updated Updated By
710 According to category, Works without caveats 11th May 2010 Wierdbeard65
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Usage Information

User TKMedia's Specs for interested parties:

  • CPU 4200+
  • 2Gb Ram

Status

This motherboard is in use by at least four different users. Currently they do not report any issues.

Hardware features

Board Specifications:

CPU

  • Designed for AMD® Socket AM2 Processors with 2000M T/s system bus using Hyper Transport Technology
  • AMD® Cool 'n' Quiet Technology

Chipset

  • NVIDIA® GeForce®7050PV/nForce 630a
  • Dual Head Display Controller Full NVIDIA nView multi-display technology capability, with independent display controllers for one digital HDTV and one analog monitor.

Memory

  • 4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 8GB
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR2 800 un-buffered ECC / Non-ECC memory

HDMI

  • Integrated TMDS interface with HDCP key

Graphics

  • Integrated GeForce7 Series Shader model 3.0 DirectX9 graphics
  • Programmable PureVideo HD Video Processor

LAN

  • Gigabit Ethernet (Marvell 88E1116) 10/100/1000

Audio

  • On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC (Realtek ALC888)
  • Auto Jack Sensing and optical S/P DIF Out

IEEE 1394

  • Supports 2 Ports IEEE 1394 at 400Mb/s transfer rate (Texas Instruments Chip)

Serial ATA

  • 4 x SATA II (RAID) 3 Gb/s
  • Supports SATA RAID 0/1/0+1/5 and JBOD

Internal I/O

  • 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88M B
  • 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 IDE Connector
  • 4 x USB 2.0 header (support 8 ports)
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector
  • 1 x IEEE1394 header
  • 1 x S/P DIF Out header

Expansion Slots

  • 1 x PCI-E X16
  • 1 x PCI-E X1
  • 2 x PCI

Back Panel I/O

  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)
  • 4 x USB2.0, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector, 1 x 1394
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub, 1 x S/P DIF Out

Form Factor

  • mATX form factor 244 x 244 mm
  • PCB Color: Blue

Pros & Cons

Pros: HDMI , Firewire, Gigabit Lan

Cons: Spdif to close to HDMI. Could not connect monster cable spdif at same time as HDMI. Although you can usually trim back the sides of both connectors with a sharp knife to make them fit nicely! Start with the SPDIF as this has lots of "dead" plastic on the sides, whereas if you cut too deeply into the HDMI connector you will cut through the shield metal.

User Impressions

Testing results: Connected 17 lcd monitor


1. PXE boot as MD (enable boot rom in bios -set boot order)


Observations:

Quick detection of dhcp Ran Diskless Install under 20 mins (went for sandwich not sure exactly how long it took) Wizard came up, it went crazy when I moved the mouse. (Later found loose connection on kvm switch). Thought mouse problem might be related to video driver so I installed envy to install latest nvidia drivers again (Later found loose connection on kvm switch). So I may not have needed to install envy and the latest drivers.


2. Fixed mouse and ran wizard set video to vga 1024 x768 ui2 w/- alpha blending with transparancies.

Observations:

Flashing when using menus and some tearing during video playback.


3. Ran AV wizard set video to vga 1024 x768 ui2 overlay only.

Observations:

No more flashing on menus no tearing during video play back.

Testing

Testing results:

Connected Sony Vega 720P 34" TV using HDMI

Identical to VGA test

UI2 w/- alpha blending flashing,tearing

UI2 w/- overlay only - Seems fine.

Watched about twenty mins of HD NBC from my HD Home Run - looked great.

Unfortunately cant test 1080P for I missed out on the black friday special on the 1299 cc 46"Sharp aquos

Will do more testing as Core/ Hybrid when I get a chance.


1080p are known to work with 2 GB of RAM and 5600+ CPU.

1080p will run, sporting events were jittery (dropped frames I believe). I then reverted back to 720p and smooth as silk.