Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 14th February 2007 | Source: Abit | Price: |IO Connectors
The backplate IO on the abit IN9 32x Max looks pretty complete for a modern board standards.
* PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports
* SP-Dif Optical Connector
* 5.1 analogue sound outputs
* Dual nVidia Gigabit LAN ports
* 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
* 2 x eSATA ports
There is a very comprehensive feel about the IO panel on the IN9 32x Max.
Coming onto the onboard Audio: it is very good. abit include a high-def 7.1 audio chip supporting DTS and Dolby Digital Live. Notice also that a HDMI motherboard audio header is included on the board. The audio is good quality, although enthusiasts are likely to go for a discrete solution still.
Add to this the "EZ CMOS" reset switch and you have a very complete backplate lineup, worthy of a top end board like this.
The BIOS on the abit IN9 32x Max is very comprehensive in it's options. The enthusiast is certainly catered for 100% with a plethora of FSB, memory and voltage adjustment. It is based on the Phoenix Award BIOS.
The memory timings on offer are pretty decent. With the normal 4 timings easily changeable, abit have added a couple of extras:
abit provide a superb range of overclocking adjustments in their µGuru Utility in the BIOS.
The PCI clocks can be set separately from each other which is a great option allowing for more control over your system.
Almost the most important bit of an overclockers BIOS, voltage adjustment is crucial on how far a board can go.
EQ and temperature monitoring
abit's µGuru provides nice temperature and voltage monitoring monitoring in the BIOS, although I am not keen on the abit µGuru panel in windows which actually read approximately 5-7°C lower than CoreTemp did (a program hailed by overclockers as the best software temperature program).
That aside there is plenty of fan adjustment to be done in the BIOS and will keep you happy should you want your fans throttle in the BIOS.
It's also worth noting that the blue flashing lights that light up the area beneath the board can also be changed in the BIOS, allowing 5 settings and off...which is nice if it annoys you.
Specification (from abit's website)
Designed for Intel LGA775 processors with 1333MHz FSB
Support Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo & Extreme Edition, Pentium® D & Pentium®4 Processors
# 5-phase Digital PWM Designation provides high quality and efficient power
# Chipset Nvidia® nForce 680i SLI / NF590 SLI
4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 32GB
Supports Dual channel DDR2 800 Un-buffered / ECC or Non-ECC memory
# Graphics Two PCI-Express X16 slots support NVIDIA® Scalable Link Interface(SLI)
# LAN Dual NVIDIA® Gigabit Ethernet
# Timing and TCP/IP acceleration
On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC
Supports Jack Sensing and S/PDIF In/Out
HDMITM ready header (SPDIF header)
# Expansion Slots 2 x PCI-E X16, 1 x PCI-EX16(X8 bandwidth for X4, X8 and X16 devices), 1 x PCI-EX1, 2 x PC I
Internal I/O 1 x Floppy port, 1 x ATA 133 connector,
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
3 x USB 2.0 headers, 2 x IEEE1394 headers
1 x FP-Audio header; 1x HDMITM header
# Quick Power & Reset Button
# Back Panel I/O 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
S/P DIF Out and IN, Clear CMOS switch
4 x USB 2.0, 2 x RJ-45 LAN,
2 x eSATA
# Serial ATA NVIDIA® 680i SLI: 6 x SATA 3Gb/s supports NVIDIA MediaShield RAID with SATA RAID 0/1/0+1/5 and JBOD
Silicon Image Sil3132: Support 2 ports eSATA
# IEEE 1394 Supports 2 Ports IEEE 1394 at 400Mb/s transfer rate
# Form Factor ATX form factor 305 x 245mm
# PCB Color: Black
# abit Engineered abit µGuruTM Technology
abit Silent OTESTM Technology
100% Japan capacitors
100% Low ESR and high ripple conductive polymer aluminum solid capacitor
EZ switch for Clearing the CMOS
On-board LED Lighting