Offical PR can be found here: http://www.abit-usa.com/news/2004/20040623.phpTaipei Taiwan, June 23rd 2004 – ABIT Computer Corporation is proud to announce the latest motherboard in its Intel® Pentium™4 series. The AS8 delivers performance and value in spades. The AS8 comes with the new OTES AeroFlow™ for the best onboard cooling solution and overclocking strips for more stable and powerful overclocking . ABIT's µGuru™ has added Autodrive™ to allow ABIT users to have their PC automatically speed up or slow down according to what the user is doing. With ABIT's BulletProof Technology, the AS8 is Torture Test Passed to ensure durability not found on other boards.
Designed for Intel's 865PE chipset, the AS8 features the new LGA775 P4 platform. The AS8 comes equipped with Dual DDR 400, SATA RAID, IEEE1394 and is ABIT Engineered.
ABIT again takes an evolutionary step with OTES AeroFlow™. The ABIT engineered, unique vertical heatsink OTES AeroFlow™ cooling solution on the Northbridge will bring a definite heat reduction not only on the Northbridge but also on VGA, Southbridge, memory, CPU as well as on the PC System itself. Not only does OTES AeroFlow™ allow for better cooling it also meets the Silent PC Standard.
The ABIT Engineers have determined that a radical new design was needed for the 775-pin CPU to be effective at reducing heat. Although active Northbridge cooling has been a solid step forward, this new ABIT engineered unique vertical heatsink design also addresses the other components that build up heat like the VGA and CPU. To this end, we have devised a new solution which takes these issues into account. This new solution will change the industry and become a new standard in motherboard cooling.
ABIT Engineered Overclocking Strips™
Welcome back ABIT Engineered Overclocking Strips. First developed 3 years ago for use with the ABIT TH7 and the launch of Pentium4 and Rambus memory, Overclocking Strips are back again for the AS8, AG8 and AA8-DuraMAX. The Overclocking Strips found on the AS8 allow for better CPU cooling and lower EMI results. The end result is a better and more durable overclock. The Overclocking Strips are built into the AG8 to ensure maximum performance and stability. Only features built in to the design of the motherboard can be effective. Any after-design add-on is unacceptable for the ABIT Engineering Team.
µGuru™: Enlightened System Performance
μGuru™ Technology – designed by the ABIT Engineers for use only on ABIT motherboards – allows end-users to reach a higher state of hardware awareness and enlightenment. µGuru acts as a spiritual guide, sharing with ABIT users, tips for hardware monitoring, overclocking, BIOS flashing and audio tweaking functions in an easy to use, Windows-based interface.
µGuru combines the ABIT Engineered features ABIT EQ™, OC Guru™, FlashMenu™, and BlackBox™ into a user-friendly interface providing users the perfect environment with which to maximize performance and stability. Operating as an independent microprocessor, μGuru effectively frees your CPU resources from performing these functions, further increasing system performance.
As a part of the motherboard, only μGuru can completely understand how to optimize the motherboard for ultimate performance. What truly sets μGuru apart is it's onboard memory that allows users to save their favorite overclocking settings for specific applications. For example, with OC Guru™, users can choose their favorite overclocked setting that will be saved when the PC is rebooted. OC Guru™ ups the ante with ABIT AutoDrive™, which allows you to have overclocking, voltage, and fan settings change automatically per application. Have the system lower fan speeds and noise levels when you are surfing the net, but automatically raise the FSB and crank the cooling up when you launch a 3D game. Only OC Guru™ with ABIT AutoDrive™ gives this level of control.
Built with Bulletproof Technology™
Like all ABIT motherboards, the AS8 is built with Bulletproof Technology™ - a new standard in terms of Quality, Reliability, Stability, and Engineering. Bulletproof Technology begins with selecting the highest quality components available. ABIT uses only Japanese-made capacitors on ABIT branded motherboards – capacitors that cost several times more than regular capacitors. While others try to cut components, ABIT puts quality first. Bulletproof Technology™ also means stability, and the AS8 4 Phase PWM delivers clean and stable power to the CPU during gaming and overclocking. Stability is further ensured as the AS8 has passed the Torture Test, a series of looping demos and benchmarks designed to tax the board far beyond normal use. If the motherboard has been Torture Tested and Passed, it is built to last. Reliability is another component of Bulletproof Technology. To help users identify devices and components that are problem-free with ABIT motherboards, ABIT has developed its ABIT Approved Program™. After hardware has passed compatibility testing, it is given the ABIT Approved Seal. The ABIT Approved Seal lets ABIT users understand which devices and components they should be choosing to complete their systems. Add to all of this exclusive ABIT Engineered features such as µGuru, and the AS8 is truly in a class by itself.
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ABIT launched the AS8 today which supports the Intel next generation 775 pin CPU with DDR 1 and AGP. Designed for Intel's 865PE chipset, the AS8 features the new LGA775 P4 platform. The AS8 comes equipped with Dual DDR 400, SATA RAID, IEEE1394 and is ABIT Engineered.