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Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Abit SV-1A AMD Athlon 64 Server Board

1. Introduction

Abit SV-1A AMD Athlon 64 Server Board

Introduction - Retail package

Over the past years, Abit has been the brand of choice for hardware enthusiasts worldwide. Fairly recently, Abit released a new series of motherboards for the 939 socket series of AMD processors. Along with the desktop motherboard series AV8 and AX8, Abit released a server motherboard series as well. One of the entry level server motherboards is the Abit SV-1A server board that arrived at our labs for review.

- Features

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The SV-1A is positioned as an entry level storage server with maximized compromise between price and performance. It is designed for the AMD 64-bit architecture to enhance overall system performance. The on-board Marvell 88SX-6081 SATA II controller and VIA 8237 chipset support up to ten SATA devices to improve server performance in dealing with large amounts of information transfer and frequent data access. Furthermore, three 64-bit PCI-X backward compatible PCI bus expansion slots bring the benefits of upgrade flexibility.


Processor Support AMD Athlon 64 socket 939 processor
Chipset - VIA-K8T800 Pro/VIA-8237/VIA VPX II
- Supports Advanced Configuration and Power management Interface
Memory - Four 184-pin DIMM sockets
- Supports 144-bit wide dual channel DDR 400/333 memory
- Up to 8GB, un-buffered with ECC/Non-ECC memory capacity
VGA - On board ATi Rage XL, default 8MB local memory (4MB optional)
Serial ATA - 4 channel Serial ATAII 3 Gb/s data transfer rate (Marvell 88SX-6041)
- Or 8 channel Serial ATAII 3 Gb/s data transfer rate (Marvell 88SX-6081) (optional)
- 2 channel Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s data transfer rate VIA-8237
System Bios - Support Plug-and-Play (PNP)
- Support Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI)
- Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS
- 4MB flash ROM
LAN - Broadcom 5704 dual port 64-bit Gigabit Ethernet controller
Expansion Slot - PCI-X*3, (3.3V)
- PCI*1, 32bit/33MHz (5V)
Internal I/O Connectors - 1 x Floppy port supports up to 2.88MB
- 2 x 40-pin IDE Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 connectors
- 1 x Printer port header
- 1 x COM port header (COM2)
- 6 x Serial ATA connectors (4 port 88SX-6041, 2 port VIA-8237)
- 1 x USB 2.0 header (each header support two USB 2.0 devices)
- 1 x NIC-LED header
- 1 x FPIO SATA-LED header
- 1 x SM bus header (for SM bus and I2C)
Back Panel I/O - 1 x PS/2 keyboard and mouse connector
- 1 x Printer port (optional)
- 1 x COM port (COM1)
- 1 x VGA port
- 1 x Dual USB 2.0 connector
- 1 x Dual RJ-45 with transformer LAN connector
Miscellaneous - ATX form factor (305x265mm)
- Hardware monitoring ? including fan speeds, voltages, system environment temperature
- Chassis intrusion detector
- 3.3V/ 5V riser card supported (optional)

- Retail Package

The package that arrived at our labs contained:

  • SV-1A motherboard
  • Brief Installation Guide
  • 4 gray colored Serial ATA cables
  • 1 IDE cable
  • 1 Floppy cable
  • 1 metallic faceplate for the motherboard's on-board input/output connections
  • Software/driver CD-ROM




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