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nekrosoft13
08-28-08, 09:51 PM
HEXUS.channel can exclusively confirm that Taiwanese technology company abit, which is associated primarily with high-end and gaming mainboards, will stop producing all mainboards at the end of 2008.

HEXUS.channel has confirmed this as fact from sources close to South East Asian distributors, all of which will be notified by their abit sales contacts from today onwards.

Apparently abit will continue to deliver mainboards until the end of the year and will honour RMAs and warranties for three years subsequently.

Rumours of abit's demise from mainboards were circulating widely last May, prompting an emphatic denial from abit. Our sources tell us that abit still intended to continue with mainboards at the time and that this decision was only made in the last couple of weeks.

This will mark a wholesale shift towards specialising in consumer electronics devices, such as the Funfab photo-frame-stroke-printer, which we spotted at this year's Computex. We understand that a MID (mobile internet device) is also planned for early next year as well as other photo related gadgetry.

Taiwanese manufacturer Universal Scientific International (USI) acquired abit in May of 2006 and it's now officially called Universal abit. There have been reports of defections and departures from the abit mainboard division ever since then, so there is a certain feeling of inevitability about this news.

In what may be a related development, Universal abit also announced today that it is moving its Taiwan HQ to a location near to the Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei, which hosted many of the leading vendors at the Computex show this year.

It looks like the margins have become too tight for all but the largest mainboard makers to survive, with massive companies like Foxconn able to exploit extreme economies of scale.

If competitive pressures have become too great for abit to stay in the mainboard market, you have to wonder what the future holds for other second tier mainboard makers, of which there are still quite a few. This may not be the last casualty in this market before the end of the year.

Let us know your thoughts about this news. Will abit be missed? What are the implications of the apparent consolidation happening in the mainboard market? Let us know in the HEXUS.community.


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its a shame, really liked Abit boards

Viral
08-29-08, 01:48 AM
Abit were very hit or miss for me. Usally whatever upsides their motherboards had, there was a downside to counter it. They will still be missed though. :(

fivefeet8
08-29-08, 02:17 AM
My abit NF7-S rev2 has always served me well. It's still in use on my Athlon XP system and running fine as the day I got it. I also got an ABIT Geforce 4 Ti card back in the day. Shame to see them go away.

H3avyM3tal
08-29-08, 03:44 AM
I love my board, shame about Abit...
Luckily for us, there are many great companies to choose from.

Revs
08-29-08, 04:10 AM
Abit were very hit or miss for me. Usally whatever upsides their motherboards had, there was a downside to counter it. They will still be missed though. :(

+1

CaptNKILL
08-29-08, 04:40 AM
My abit NF7-S rev2 has always served me well. It's still in use on my Athlon XP system and running fine as the day I got it. I also got an ABIT Geforce 4 Ti card back in the day. Shame to see them go away.

I liked that board when it worked but I had to RMA mine twice. The 3rd one has been rock solid with a pretty good overclock for around 5 years, but I think the on board sound died recently.

I wouldn't call them the most reliable boards in the world but they could do some pretty cool stuff and had lots of nice features at the time.

crainger
08-29-08, 06:17 AM
My current Abit has been my best mate. Coupled with my q6600, 4x1Gb, 8800GTX and my trusty 5500HE my PC has been rock solid. Doesn't crash unless I'm screwing around overclocking past 3.6Ghz. ::D:

hemmy
08-29-08, 09:55 AM
I think they def. made better boards before USI acquired them.

My only experience with more recent ABIT boards is with the AV8 and AN8

Q
08-29-08, 10:15 AM
I'm running one hell of an Abit board right now.

nemecb
08-29-08, 12:02 PM
I liked that board when it worked but I had to RMA mine twice. The 3rd one has been rock solid with a pretty good overclock for around 5 years, but I think the on board sound died recently.

I wouldn't call them the most reliable boards in the world but they could do some pretty cool stuff and had lots of nice features at the time.
I wish I had RMA'd mine when the NB fan died. I decided it would be quicker and easier to fix myself, but about six months later the board started flaking out pretty badly. At one point it would only boot when it felt like it, and the rest of the time it ignored me madly pressing the power button. Amazingly enough it's in my PVR now (which never gets turned off;)) and is relatively stable. I have crashes every so often that I'm pretty sure are the board's fault, but it works well enough that I haven't been motivated to replace it yet.

CaptNKILL
08-29-08, 02:41 PM
I wish I'd added a heat sink to the southbridge to keep the sound chip cool. It started failing so I replaced it with a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz. My sister has been using that system for around 2 years now.

"Soundstorm" was one of the coolest things around back then, at least for me. I had an ancient surround sound receiver that could only do Pro Logic surround (2 front and 1 rear channel) with an encoded analog signal and the Soundstorm is the only PC sound device I've ever seen that was capable of doing dolby surround analog encoding. The quality sucked and it was old technology (mid 90s at best) but it sure was cool at the time.

Viral
08-29-08, 11:53 PM
Everything seemed to fail on my NF7-S Rev2. Both PS2 ports died a month apart from eachother, this was THE reason I switched to USB for mouse and keyboard. Unfortunately this didn't leave me with any free USB ports as the mobo only had 2. Then soundstorm went, then the northbridge.

Another NF7-S Rev2 I bought a few months after that housed my old 2600+ went fine for a number of years. Maybe it was the extreme overclocking that was the problem for me. I think I was running some sort of crazy voltage to reach 2.4GHz.

Intel17
08-31-08, 12:19 AM
Aw, that's a shame. I really liked my ABIT IS7 back in the day. Oh well, I'm an ASUS man now, anyway.

LORD-eX-Bu
08-31-08, 12:33 AM
see you in hell abit.

crainger
08-31-08, 02:17 AM
Abit's soul is prepared Lord. How's yours?

Retrolock
08-31-08, 10:38 AM
Poor Abit. I was going to buy an Abit mainboard last january but the DFI Lan Party was too much for me to resist.