abit KV8-MAX3

..:: Introduction ::..

It has been nearly three months since the initial release of AMD’s Athlon 64 microprocessors. Within that time frame, many hardware websites have been publishing reviews claiming that the ABIT KV8-MAX3 is one of the best motherboards you can drop a 754-pin processor into. So, why would we even begin to think about publishing a review about the exact same motherboard that has been reviewed nearly ten times over and has already received high praises and awards?

Well, we’ve read these reviews about this particular board like yourself, because after all we are enthusiasts too, but what has ABIT ultimately been able to prove to MBReview with this release? Did these websites overlook anything that was crucial for you, the consumer, to know about? Will the KV8-MAX3 show us a fun-filled maximum experience like others have claimed or become a maximum letdown? Believe me, you don’t want to skip to the conclusion for this one! Let’s get started by taking a look at the specifications below.


..:: ABIT KV8-MAX3 Specifications ::..


  • Socket-754 for AMD Athlon 64



  • VIA K8T800 Northbridge
  • VIA VT8237 Southbridge
  • 3Com Gigabit LAN
  • Realtek ALC658 Audio
  • Silicon Image Sil3114 RAID



  • 3 x 72-bit Single Channel DDR up to 2GB
  • Supports 3 DIMM DDR333
  • Supports 2 DIMM DDR400


Expansion Slots

  • 1 x AGP 8X
  • 5 x PCI
  • 2 x UDMA/133/100/66
  • 1 x FDD
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 3 x FireWire


Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x Parallel, 1 x Serial
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 5 x Audio I/O
  • 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF In, 1 x S/PDIF Out
  • 1 x IEEE1394
  • 1 x OTES Exhaust Fan


Special Features

  • Abit SoftMenu III
  • Abit OTES
  • Abit uGuru


BIOS Features

  • Phoenix-Award BIOS
  • 4MB Flash ROM


Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor (12 in. x 9.64 in.)