abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard
Published: 2nd May 2007 | Source: abit | Price: |Conclusion
AMD/ATI needed to get a set of boards out there to rival Intel's "G" series integrated graphics chipsets and nVidia's 61XX series of integrated graphics. The Intel version of the 690G chipset, the Radeon X1250 is looking pretty good.
As we have seen the board performs admirably against some of it's larger and far more expensive competition. As a motherboard alone the abit fatal1ty F-I90HD stands up to the leaders of the pack well, let alone the extras that make the board somewhat of a Gem.
So the board does well in normal motherboard tests, lagging only slightly behind. Now what the abit F-I90HD is really about is getting your high-def onto your TV well. After testing the board at what it is supposed to be doing you have to admire the thinking behind a board like this.
Gaming is another fairly strong point of the abit F-I90HD. I was actually pretty impressed with what I played on the board and the fact I could play any modern games at all on it. Integrated graphics have a very bad reputation and this is certainly a step in the right direction.
At £70.11 the abit fatal1ty F-I90HD is looking pretty damn nice for the money. With a decent onboard GPU, HDCP HDMI (audio-visual) and VGA out, decent speed and some headroom for overclocking the board is a great buy for those wanting something to stick in a slick media centre.
After living with the board for a couple of weeks I can safely give the abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD an "Editors Choice" Award and "Value For Money" Award from OC3D, highly recommended.
+ Keeps up with the best
+ Great looking board
+ Packed with features
+ Great small form factor
+ Decent gaming
+ Awesome for an HTPC
- Could overclock more
- Not for a hardcore gamer
- Not 12 hours stress test stable
Thanks to abit for providing the review sample
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