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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.05.07]
Manufactured by: Abit



Abit has garnered a mass following thanks to their consistent and always-improving BIOS feature set. One thing many people were concerned about when USI took over was whether Abit boards would continue to have good BIOS features.

As we showed on the first page of this review, the BIOS certainly is not short on features. Plenty of overclocking options are there, with settings for a wide array of voltage and other settings.

Let's take a quick tour of the BIOS itself:

As you can see, there is absolutely no shortage of settings for the memory modules as well. I don't recall the last time I have seen this many tweak opportunities on a mATX motherboard.

Even more impressive is the "Health" section of the BIOS. Usually this screenshot barely takes up any space at all. Instead, it takes two seperate photos to show all the monitoring and safety features of this tiny motherboard. Very impressive.


Abit was one of the pioneers of bringing the BIOS features into Windows. Lately though, nvidia's NTune has been better than most motherboard manufacturers could offer. However it's up to the motherboard maker to support all the features of NTune.

Unfortunately, the NF-M2 barely supports any of NTune's functions, so there's not much to see here. Obviously the fans aren't detected properly, and none of the voltages are detected at all.

Instead, Abit has their own software:

Despite its ugly, bloated appearance, Abit's FanEQ is actually quite fully featured. With full voltage monitoring, fan monitoring AND control, and voltage and clock settings, FanEQ has most of what you need for basic overclocking. I'd still recommend to use the BIOS for any heavy-duty OCing though.

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