Once again the rumor mill is churning with reports about enthusiast motherboard manufacturer Universal Abit. Reports have circulated that the company will be closing its doors for the last time on December 31st.
As many in the enthusiast community will know, Universal Abit has been a source of market departure rumors since it was acquired by Universal Scientific International (USI) in May 2006, when it ceased to operate under the brand name ABIT. Some of these rumors have come from south-east Asian distributors, who reported that Abit would stop shipment of motherboards by the end of 2008, but continue to honor warranties for another 3 years.
Just this week, Tweaktown received word that USI would dissolve Abit entirely on 31st of December. This would mean that the expected 3-year warranty period would need to be handled by USI directly, or not at all. Fortunately, after being contacted by Hardware Info, Universal Abit sales manager Fernando Benito ensured the community that, while the company will no longer produce motherboards, it will not be closing down entirely.
“ABIT will definitely continue to manufacture products, these will not be motherboards and we have not got a 100% clear picture yet on what products will be made... Products now made by USI that are not sold to OEM's will get the ABIT branding.”
Abit claims that despite the cease in motherboard production, it won't be going anywhere. But the abit that we all know will soon become only a memory, as it is shifting focus from enthusiast hardware to consumer electronics, such as the FunFab digital photo frame that was unveiled at Computex; a change that is clearly noticeable just from looking at the company's home page.
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It's a real shame to see abit go. I have used abit boards in the past and have been nothing but rock solid stable. 1 NF7-S w/ athlon mobile 2500+ and a AN8-SLI w/ athlon x2 3800+ both overclocked and both boards are still running several years after without issues.Reply
In the end abit took a wrong turn somewhere and went downhill fast and now they just can't compete with the likes of ASUS and Gigabyte. So they got to go.
Sad, Sad, Sad. They revolutionized the motherboard industry by making good, high quality, inexpensive, jumperless, easily overclockable motherboards like the BH6 about 10 years ago. I had that motherboard for about 5 years until it blew. I was so happy that I was able to overclock the cheap Celeron 300a to 450mhz. Wow, that's the heydays.Reply
What wrong turn did Abit take? I'm curious myself...Reply
Sad sad day for the industry. ABIT and EPox are no more but ECS, Jetway and Biostar will last forever.Reply
sad, ABit is rock solidReply
ip35 pro was so dam good too.Reply
Funny part is, I was wondering when to expect the P45 abit board, and then the x58. This explains quite a bit.Reply
Running an Abit NF7-S2 on my desktop still. Good company, good board.Reply
Three years ago after building systems with ASUS, EPox and Gigabyte boards I decided to give an Abit AV8 3rd Eye a try. They touted solid reliability with Japanese caps and enthusiast features such as mGuru.Reply
It was and still is the worst board I have ever worked with. Returned three times and three times it came back with different problems, either no post, no sound or random crashes. Finally after the fourth return, I received a board that worked... for a year that is. Then it was back to the random crashes I had experienced earlier.
Their return policy for this board was that they wouldn't return my money, they would instead fix the problem as an RMA. Even Newegg refused to get involved and soon after they dropped the AV8 from their product lineup.
I never bought Abit boards again. With such a competitive field as the motherboard market, they could ill afford to put out such bad products.
I for one say good riddance. They won't be missed.