abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard

Introduction, packaging, package and Specification

Introduction

AMD/ATI really did release a cracking chipset in their 690G, and now it's turn for the major AIB's to stamp their mark on the Intel version. Based around the ATI Radeon Express 1250 Graphics chipset and with a whole host of features like onboard HDMI and VGA, integrated HDCP audio/video and a whole host of others it looks like it's never been a better time to plug a Core2Duo into your media rack.

Based on the ever-present "Fatal1ty" branding (Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendell - one of the worlds top gamers), the board is clad in the usual red abit Fatal1ty regalia. Read on to find out how it fares in the OC3D labs.

Packaging

abit have gone with a rather toned down package to that which they normally produce. Clothed in a rather nice subtle grey scratched metal effect, for me this would definitely stand out on the shelves.

abit f-i90hd box top

abit fatal1ty f-i90hd rear box

Opening up the box let's you know that care has been taken to present the product in the very best manner possible. The motherboard is mounted at the top of the box with a clear plastic cover to show it off. I don't know how much use this is but it is a nice touch.

abit f-i90hd inside 1

abit f-i90 hd inside box 2

The package that abit have included in with the F-190HD is protected by a rather smart box that took me a minute or so to figure out how to open (old age ey?!). abit have certainly packaged up the whole lot with no chance of damage in transit unless it gets run over by a lorry.

Package

abit f-i90hd package

The package with the motherboard is again pretty impressive for a cheap board like this. With the following included:

* Flat IDE Cable
* Flat Floppy Cable
* 4 x SATA Cables
* HDMI to DVI Cable
* Backplate IO panel
* Letter from Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendell
* Manual
* Quick-install guide
* Driver CD

Specifications (taken from abit website)

# CPU Supports Intel® Core™2 Duo, Core™2 Quad, Core™2 Extreme, Pentium® D & Pentium®4 Processors with 1066/800MHz FSB
# PWM Designation provides high quality and efficient power
# Chipset ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1250
# Memory 4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 16GB
# Supports Dual channel DDR2 800/667/533 Un-buffered Non-ECC memory
# LAN Gigabit Ethernet controller supports 10/100/1000Mbit LAN connections
# Audio 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC
# Supports Auto Jack Sensing and optical S/PDIF Out
# Expansion Slots 1 x PCI-E X16, 2 x PCI-E X1, 1 x PCI
# Internal I/O 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB
# 1 x ATA 133/100/66/33 IDE connector
# 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector
# 3 x USB header (supports 6 additional ports)
# 1 x FP-Audio
# Back Panel I/O 1 x HDMI™ connector
# 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
# 1 x S/P DIF Out
# 7.1 CH Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)
# 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ-45 LAN connector
# Serial ATA 4 x SATA 3Gb/s with SATA RAID 0/1/0+1
# RoHS 100% lead-free process and RoHS compliant
# Accessories Driver CD x1
# English Manual x1, Jumper Setting Label x 1
# IDE cable x1, FDD cable x1, SATA cable x4
# I/O bracket x1, HDMI to DVI Connector x1
# Form Factor mATX form factor 244 x 244mm
# PCB Color: Red
# abit Engineered 100% Japanese Capacitors
# Low ESR, high ripple, conductive polymer aluminum solid state capacitors in all high frequency areas
# Silent Cooling

All looking great for abit so far.
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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2007, 12:48:20

FarFarAway
"Onboard Graphics" used to be dirty words in the world of the enthusiast, but with nVidia stepping up the heat with their onboard GPU's, it's not quite so bad.

AMD/ATI decided it's about time they hit back with something special...let's see what we've got

Click here

16-04-2007, 13:04:44

Doddsy
I think the most impressive part is the letter from Wendell!

Tbh I've quite liked the look of this one since I first saw it, imo it'd be fantastic for a HTPC.

16-04-2007, 13:04:55

nunzio
sweet looking.. and with the c2d price drops should soon be in my htpc budget

16-04-2007, 13:13:00

Doddsy
One thing I just thought of actually, why did they decide to brand it as a fatality product? Surely they should be for 'hardcore' gamers?

16-04-2007, 13:21:39

FarFarAway
Well ye I thought that a bit strange, but I suppose they are trying to market it as a gaming product

16-04-2007, 14:27:21

Doddsy
I'm sure they'd probably make more money marketing it as a HTPC product. Without the fatality branding it'd probably be cheaper and the 690G with HDMI just seems like the perfect HTPC board. Ah well, I'm sure there are some very well paid people in the workd making these kind of desisions.

16-04-2007, 16:31:20

shiftlocked
HI Guys

Can i request something in the review. What screen res does it go up to. Reason being is that I have an older abit board here that i cant remember and I cant get the full 1440 * 900 even with latest drivers, think its purely a spec issue

16-04-2007, 17:03:50

FarFarAway
Well I had it running at 1680 x 1050 no problems and it easily ran movies at 720p - 1368 x 768

16-04-2007, 19:37:24

ai_01
i love the bright red bios screen

16-04-2007, 20:33:39

duktayp
what are PCI-e x1 slots used for? thanks

edit: something else that was on my mind... is tekheads part of OC3D? i wasn't sure because i couldnt see an area to buy parts on OC3D and tekheads seems to have the same logo, also the tech support forums

16-04-2007, 20:36:33

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='duktayp'
what are PCI-e x1 slots used for? thanks
Not much atm, theres some network cards iirc and theres some sound cards on the horrizon

16-04-2007, 20:36:36

limqareb
nothing actually atm

in future NICs and sound cards will be pci e x1 in fact there is an XF-i that is x1 pci e

16-04-2007, 21:24:57

BUFF
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Doddsy'
One thing I just thought of actually, why did they decide to brand it as a fatality product? Surely they should be for 'hardcore' gamers?
& yet the latest Fatal1ty gfx card from XFX is a 7600GT & the other latest Fatal1ty mobo from abit is an 80 650i SLI .

I wonder if Wendel has realised that the volume (& hence the higher licence income) isn't at the the top end ...

17-04-2007, 00:48:05

PV5150
Great review Kemp and not too bad a performer either considering the onboard graphics...very respectable. But why oh why do abit insist on always putting their floppy connector at the bottom of the board? It drives me nuts! Admittedly, it is a smaller board but it just seems far too easy to place it there.

17-04-2007, 03:13:07

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Great review Kemp and not too bad a performer either considering the onboard graphics...very respectable. But why oh why do abit insist on always putting their floppy connector at the bottom of the board? It drives me nuts! Admittedly, it is a smaller board but it just seems far too easy to place it there.
Well at least it's at the edge of the board

Get with the times Peevs, no-one uses floppy's any more I never thought I'd say this but I haven't plugged in a floppy for about a year

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='"duktayp"'
something else that was on my mind... is tekheads part of OC3D? i wasn't sure because i couldnt see an area to buy parts on OC3D and tekheads seems to have the same logo, also the tech support forums
No we are not Tekheads at all, but we do host their support forums here.

@BUFF quite agreed - I think he puts his name to anything that looks like it will be profitable

17-04-2007, 03:24:31

PV5150

Well at least it's at the edge of the board

Get with the times Peevs, no-one uses floppy's any more

Granted it is at the edge of the board, and I haven't used a floppy either for probably longer. Virtual floppy and Nlite ftw for RAID drivers! Imo it's time to retire the floppy connector period, but great review anyway mate.

17-04-2007, 03:50:12

FarFarAway
Aye well good that Vista recognises a flash drive as a boot device properley

ty mate

17-04-2007, 04:44:29

nunzio
I still use floppies... well, have a floppy drive in my new computer. But it also have the cardread built onto it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Not much atm, theres some network cards iirc and theres some sound cards on the horrizon
There is also a few TV/DVB/PVR cards out.

17-04-2007, 04:45:38

nunzio
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Not much atm, theres some network cards iirc and theres some sound cards on the horrizon
There is also a few TV/DVB/PVR cards out.

18-04-2007, 08:39:08

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
nothing actually atm

in future NICs and sound cards will be pci e x1 in fact there is an XF-i that is x1 pci e
I feel there maybe a new slot out b4 these slots get that popular.

Excellent review again Kemp, would liked to have seen the I/O section with it`s backplate on, wondering also if they`d stuck with a regular plain silver effect or they`d added some HTPC lettering/symbols above the ports and perhaps `fancied` it up a bit.

Have u tried the HDMI->DVI lead in anything else ? I`m thinking u can get a HDMI lead for an XBox 360 possibly ?

18-04-2007, 09:05:23

FarFarAway
Nope tis just a boring backplate IO same as usual.

Not tried the lead in anything else due to the fact I don't have an HDMI device, but as it is a standard converter I would imagine it would work fine.

18-04-2007, 09:59:23

BUFF
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
nothing actually atm

in future NICs and sound cards will be pci e x1 in fact there is an XF-i that is x1 pci e
abit do a PCI-E x1 WiFi card as do Linksys(?) iirc.

18-04-2007, 12:39:31

Nagaru
Good review, it seems like an interesting little board. I think on the Command and Conquer part it should be RTS not RPG.

18-04-2007, 12:41:08

FarFarAway
Ye I realised that today, god knows what I was thinking

ty for reminding me - changed

11-05-2007, 04:15:51

M. Skif
Thanks for review.

Only one point is missed. If HDMI is the main feature - it should be more tests aroud it.

Does it support 1080i?

Does it support 1080p?

720p is too little in our days...

11-05-2007, 05:09:43

Toxcity
Nice reveiw there dudes..

But I kinda think it is a little fugly.

11-05-2007, 16:07:14

FarFarAway
I tested it at 1920 x 1080 out to the DVI port of the Dell 2405 FPW and it worked fine. I don't have a high-def TV with 1080p at this time and indeed the board doesn't support 1080p. I don't see why 720p is "so little in our days" as most HDTV's are 720p. In fact if you're a high-def aficionado you will know that 1080i looks almost exactly the same picture quality as 720p

Remember first and formost it IS a motherboard and as such we have to do tests based around that.

However I appreciate the feedback and will look to see what tests we can carry out aside from the movie playback etc that we have done in this review.

14-05-2007, 05:16:29

M. Skif
No, it is not about "true HD addiction".

My concern is much more simple... Why I should buy HD TV and monitor (and pay twice for the same products) when I can have big, nice, stylish monitor aka TV with really good resolution - 1920*1080?

TV's with 1920*1080 are very common now. 1356*768 looks absolutely horrible on them. And it looks like HDMI is going to be only one way to connect HD TV to PC and have hi res.

14-05-2007, 05:19:09

M. Skif
Anyway - many thanks for additional comment.

14-05-2007, 05:29:38

FarFarAway
Aye your right and this board does support 1080i so you should be good to go.

720p doesn't look that bad on a 1080p TV, but if you have a 1080p TV then you want to make the most of it.

So anyway, the F-I90HD does 1080i (1920 x 1200 actually I had it on on my Dell) and plays movies at 1080i

Hope that helps?

26-05-2007, 21:05:58

ITW
Witch Core 2 Duo cpu would you think I need to play 1080p movies smooth with this one?

Im thinking of buying this motherboard fore my HPPC seence my TV only suports 1080i and the motherboard have pci-ex I my buy an other grafik card later so I can play 1080p if i change my TV.

But a lot of movies Hd DVD and Blu-ray are 1080p and I need an fast hardware to play that, so witch core 2 duo cpu would you guys think I need to play 1080p with this motherboard?

Anyone have somthing bad to say about it as an HTPC motherboard?

Sincerely ITW

27-05-2007, 09:14:49

FarFarAway
First of all this chipset WILL NOT play 1080p movies, only 1080i or 720p

Secondly I think you'd be safe with most C2D CPU's as they're all pretty powerful

If you want to play 1080p with no hassles I would suggest either an 8800 or a 2900XT graphics card

Or just get a PS3 - easier and cheaprr

27-05-2007, 11:08:17

ITW
Ok but that answers my question, I was wondering witch Core 2 Duo that was needed.

I know the motherboard doesnt suport 1080p, but I still need the hardware to play 1080p HD DVD and Blu-ray movies, but the motherboard will only send out 1080i.

And that's ok seence my TV only suport 1080i.

Thank you a lot fore the answer, now I can start put to gether an upgrade to my HTPC.

Do you have any Core 2 Duo to recomend?

That have an good price to performance?

Sincerely ITW

27-05-2007, 11:13:29

FarFarAway
Well for great price>performance the e4300 is a great little CPU, although it's not a fully fledged C2D. Other than that an e6600?

27-05-2007, 11:24:45

ITW
Ok thx fore an quick answer.

I was thinking of an E6320 than with in my price range.

The E6600 is a little more expensive than I wanted to use on my HTPC.

Id there any point in an E6320 than an E6300?

The only thing that points me to the E6320 is that it's in the shop Im planing to buy the Fatal1ty F-I90HD, so I save some on shipping.

But is it overkill to get an E6300 fore an HTPC that im only using fore Divx and HD movies?

One more thing, how much memory can you set the Graphic to use?

27-05-2007, 12:26:25

FarFarAway
I would say the 6320 would be fine to run your media centre

And the specs of the GPU are here

Looks like it's an 128 bit interface but it's not too clear on what you set the memory for

27-05-2007, 12:39:13

ITW
Superb!

Thank you so much fore the help!

Now I know what to pick out fore the upgrade

Sincerely Isak
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