- Jan 7, 2020
I have a large amount of Abit boards in my hoard, around 15 or so with a large chunk of them being Socket A.
The good ole Abit Dayzz..Loved them..
Wiki more or less covers it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_AbitWhatever happened to Abit anyway? They were easily the most popular boards among enthusiasts in the late 90s.
ABit was my go-to brand until the IT5H 1.5 was released and it soured my enthusiasm for them. This was back in 1997 and I was involved in a usenet discussion with ABit marketing and support and other buyers of the IT5H 1.5 trying to get parity enabled in the BIOS. The symptom was that if you had installed parity memory (I had Micron EDO/ECC 50ns 8x36 modules) and set BIOS setting "DRAM ECC/Parity" to "Parity" and "Detection" to "Enable", an NMI interrupt would always occur when the Award BIOS cleared the screen to print out the boxed table of info about the computer and the segment was always 0000. After much back and forth, ABit did some internal testing and verified that ECC/Parity support was indeed broken. They admitted that early in development they had tested parity support and it worked correctly, but sometime later during further development revisions of the board they inadvertently broke support for parity memory and there was no fix via BIOS possible. Their website still said the board supported parity though. I switched to Asus after that.Wiki more or less covers it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Abit
But the really short answer is that motherboards are an incredibly competitive market and the margins are razor thin. There is a reason why Asus as an example (arguably their biggest competitor in their time) sells a ton of stuff other than motherboards. But as noted in the Wiki, embezzling is probably not the way for the future of any company.
To the statements in the thread though, Abit was and still is to a large degree my favorite mobo manufacturer of all time. Terrible shame when they left the market. Basically I learned pretty early on that the Abit boards were the best - and they actually supported their hardware unlike the nightmare that is Asus. The NF7 was fantastic. The VP6 might be the best 'inexpensive' dual processor board ever. But I owned quite a few boards from Abit and they were all great.
I remember running 2GB on KG7 RAID. Fully Buffered DDR ram. Took longer to post, not say as long as as a server mind you but noticeable. Had lots of stability issues with that system as a DAW and gaming too. Those were the days! Also had an Iwill MPX2 dual socket A system and that one was a beast too!
I miss dual socket systems. I'd love to have a dual TR pro build with dual 64 core threadripper pros and 4TB RAM (2)TB per socket. Rather expensive I might say. Might as well fill the 7 PCI-E slots with 3090s too. ;-)
It reeks of low performance RAM that the big OEMs love to put in machines. Is this even the same ABit?I got rid of my BP6 about 5 years ago along with another Abit board. I currently have an IN9 that I haven't even tried to boot in 9 years. I used Abit boards almost exclusively until they closed shop back in 07-08. I did however come across this just the other day.:
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I got rid of my BP6 about 5 years ago along with another Abit board. I currently have an IN9 that I haven't even tried to boot in 9 years. I used Abit boards almost exclusively until they closed shop back in 07-08. I did however come across this just the other day.:
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My IP35 was my last and least favorite Abit board - I didn't care for that double boot stuff either although the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P that replaced it kind of did the same thing. IIRC, that was a new thing with Conroe. I've certainly had worse boards.I got rid of my IP35 Pro after putting up with the double-boot nuance for a couple of years.
It left a bad impression on me. No motherboard bios should be released with a flaw like that.
Prior to that, I think I had an Abit KT133A board, but I can't remember for certain. it's been too long.