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Posted: April 6th, 2002
Written by: Tuan Huynh
Abit is one of those companies that manufacturer performance oriented boards. They’re usually the last manufacturer to release a board based on a completely new chipset. When the i850 was released, Abit took their time to engineer their TH7-RAID, which in the end, became one of the highest overclocking boards on the market.
With the launch of the Socket 478 Pentium 4’s, we saw the introduction of the TH7-II and Abit’s patented “Abit Engineered” feature, which had strips on the bottom of the board to increase overclockability, as well as power and reset buttons onboard.
While the TH7 and TH7-II were i850 based boards, it’d only be a matter of time till Abit would release an i845D based DDR solution. Today we’ll be taking a look at their i845D offering the BD7-RAID Socket 478 motherboard.
The BD7-RAID is built upon a green PCB that has become typical of most Abit P4 motherboards. Though there’s nothing really exciting about the color, we’ll just have to see what features it has built in… It is built to ATX 2.03 specs and should fit in all ATX cases with an ATX 2.03 PSU. Atop the Northbridge, you’ll see the large passive heat sink.
Like the majority of the i845D based boards, the BD7-RAID only features 2 DIMM slots for a maximum total of 2GB PC1600/PC2100 DDR memory.
The BD7-RAID features a total of 6 PCI slots that are just plain white, but then again, what’d you expect? It’s Abit, not Soyo, so no purple PCI slots for you! :-p. At the bottom there’s also a CNR slot for use with CNR cards, which you probably won’t be able to find anywhere to buy. But since the CNR shares a slot with the 6th PCI slot, inserting a CNR card will cost you the 6th PCI slot.