Abit AB9 P965 Conroe Motherboard

Test Results - Stability Testing, Super PI and SiSoft Sandra

Stability

For the Stability test I ran Orthos which is a dual Prime95 stress test, alongside dual Folding @ Home instances of the console client. To spice this up and really test the board I ran RTHDRIBL alongside this. This is a real test of the boards stability at stock and will show just how well it runs out of the box.

The result: after 12hours I stopped the testing. The board passed. I cannot stress how nice it is to have a stable board in your system and it seems that the Abit lives up to that label.

ab9 stress test passed


Super PI 1 million and 32 million

Super PI is 100% the only choice for a quick bench of your top-end rig. It gives a quick and easy estimate of the relative speed of your CPU. The C2D's are now infamous for the ir very fast PI times. Let's see how the board does with this E6700.

1 Million

The quickest of bench tests - always a nice marker of speed.

Super PI 1 million


A very respectable result and in keeping and beating out (just), other boards more expensive than the AB9, like the Intel Bad Axe board.

32 Million

Not only a bench test but also a decent marker of the memory and subsystem stability

Abit AB9 Super PI 32 million

Yet another respectable result. This also shows that the board is easily capable of running the memory at this nice speed for a whole 32million run. Coming out very slightly lower than the Intel board we used in previous reviews, the Abit is a more than capable board at this bench.

SiSoft Sandra

Sisoft Sandra is a synthetic benchmark utility capable of reporting and benchmarking a wide range of system components. We ran the Processor and Memory suite to get some figures.

Processor Arithmatic and Multimedia

Let's see how the Abit AB9 bears up under an intense round of SiSoft Sandra processor tests. These test the processor, but can show a difference with the speed of the board affecting the score.

abit ab9 sisoft sandra

abit ab9 sisoft sandra

Again the Abit keeps up with the Intel Bad Axe board. Not quite matching it for speed, this is still a decent performance from a cheaper board.

Memory Bandwidth

Intel relies heavily on bandwidth even on its newest processing platform. However: the memory latency has been severely improved upon in C2D chips. Will the Abit once again keep pace with the Intel Bad Axe board in these tests?

sisoft bandwidth abit ab9

abit ab9 sisoft latency

With a fairly big increase over the Bad Axe board in the bandwidth and practically the same for the latency, the Abit once again measures up to the acclaimed Intel board. Pretty impressive.

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Most Recent Comments

21-09-2006, 03:36:24

FarFarAway
We take this P965 chipset Abit and give it some real tests

Check it here

21-09-2006, 06:26:29

FragTek
Nice review mate, very well put together! And the board looks nice too

21-09-2006, 06:51:09

PV5150
Hot pink BIOS Nice one kemp, once again a great and thorough review

21-09-2006, 14:34:45

SuB
Nice review mate I gather this is what you were working on when i was talking to you on msn hehe.

That really was a silly place to put an IDE port lol.

Can't get over how HUGE that cpu cooler is, seems to dwarf the motherboard!

21-09-2006, 15:04:16

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB
Nice review mate I gather this is what you were working on when i was talking to you on msn hehe.

That really was a silly place to put an IDE port lol.

Can't get over how HUGE that cpu cooler is, seems to dwarf the motherboard!
Aye twas

The IDE is stupid - they look like they've learnt on the AW9D Max tho

Yeah the cooler is awesome - absolutely massive

21-09-2006, 19:46:31

BUFF
I do believe that's the first pretty positive review of the AB9 that I've seen.

Have you got an AW9D to play with too?

22-09-2006, 03:12:05

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by BUFF
I do believe that's the first pretty positive review of the AB9 that I've seen.

Have you got an AW9D to play with too?
Yeah I am suprised that it's recieved negative reviews. Yes: the IDE placement sucks but apart from that the board isn't mojorly bad and it's actually pretty damn cheap. It's incredibly stable and easy to set up and I'm not too sure what issues others were having but I haven't actually found any yet apart from the IDE placement

No comment

22-09-2006, 03:18:33

BUFF
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Yeah I am suprised that it's recieved negative reviews.
It doesn't seem to have received many reviews though but user feedback hasn't been great, largely it would appear due to various memory related problems.

What BIOS version were you using (BIOS shots looks like 11)?

22-09-2006, 03:23:24

FarFarAway
Canner remember. Didn't have any problems when using memory. Kingston, Mushkin and GSkill worked fine on the board, although I had to make sure that I set the right timings, speed and voltage in the BIOS before I installed a new module.

Most motherboard problems are due to people not reading enough about them and getting RAM or somethng that isn't compatible - imo
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