X-bit Labs writes that Abit is going to present his new MAX3 at Computex 2003 (22-26th of September). Some time ago Abit launched a MAX3 Intel Canterwood motherboard, but at Computex it is going to present an Athlon 64 version of the MAX3, the KV8-MAX3.
ABIT promises that its KV8-MAX3 will become an ultimate platform for gaming, multimedia and insane overclocking. Being a MAX product, the KV8 is loaded with features including 6-channel Serial ATA-150 RAID, 6-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 and FireWire.
Like the MAX3 solution for Intel Pentium 4 and Prescott processors, the KV8-MAX3 also comes with the ABIT OTES thermal solution for the PWM mosfets and capacitors to ensure stability when overclocked.
Unfortunately, ABIT says nothing about mainboards for Socket 940 AMD Athlon 64 FX processors. This is very strange because the target group for MAX-series of mainboards is extreme computer hardware enthusiasts and they are very likely to choose AMD Athlon 64-FX microprocessors with dual-channel memory controller and very high performance this year. The Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 chips are positioned for performance-mainstream market where MAX3 mainboards for above $200 are will hardly be massively popular.
Pricing and availability of the KV8-MAX3 were not discussed today, but I would expect the part to emerge towards the second part of October at a quite high price point.