Abit AW9D Max socket 775 Motherboard
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Abit
Overclocking was performed through the BIOS, as all good 24/7 overclocking should be done. TheAW9D has excellent overclocking options in a very good solid BIOS so I was expecting good things!
I did two different overclocks.
Low Voltage Overclocking
I set an upper limit of 1.325v for the CPU and clocked the CPU as high as I could whilst maintaining a 3 hour Orthos (dual prime95) stable overclock.
Overclocking - Highest Possible Stable on Air
For this test I stopped when I got concerned that the temperature rose too high. This overclock was performed on air using a Scythe Infinity. I stopped when the CPU started getting around 65-70°C. I believe with even better cooling I could easily have gone higher.
Max Bootable into Windows
With the E6700 and using a 10x multi I was able to put this board up to 4300MHz, using 1.725v and 1.9v on the chipset. This was in no way stable and only just booted into windows before I saw the dreaded BSOD.
This was once again a "Suicide" run, with me putting a lot of volts (1.8v) into the chipset to get into windows. I found that the max obtainable FSB with the abit AW9D Max and my E6700 to be:
If you're looking for a board that clocks well, and have the money to spend on RAM to get you there (or an X6800 with a high multi) then look no further than the abit AW9D Max.
A Note on vdroop
I found that the board did have some vdroop, although this was not accurately reported outside of the BIOS. I have not got the professional equipment to record this at this time, but if I manage to get my hands on some I will update this review accordingly.