Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 14th February 2007 | Source: Abit | Price: |Installation
Installation of the abit IN9 32x Max was a fairly straight forward process with all of the connectors on the board being right at the edge of the board I had little wiring problems. The only slight problem of note was the molex at the bottom edge of the board causing an annoying extra wire. However nothing else was really too taxing.
After installation and on first boot everything worked fine with no problems. Having taken a look around some forums it seems that this may be because both sets of RAM that I tested on the board are designed to run at low voltages and boot at 1.7v and above. However in my case the setup worked excellently and I had no issues booting properley when I setup the board.
For testing I setup a RAID 0 array on the board as a secondary array to the SATA primary OS drive and this also worked fine. I haven't had a change to test eSATA yet though.
Testing Setup and Notes
The following test setup was as following:
Core2Duo E6700 ES
abit IN9 32x Max Motherboard
1gb Mushkin HP2 6400 (4-4-4-10)
Hitachia Deskstar 7K160 SATA HDD
Silverstone 560w ZEUS PSU
Silverstone TJ09 case
Note that to test that users would not have an issue with 8800 and 8800 SLI use on the board I also installed 1/2 8800GTS overclocked editions. No issues were found.
For comparison I used results from an earlier review by OC3D on the Intel D975XBX, the Abit AB9 Review, the AW9D max Review and the Asus P5B-E Plus Review
|To test the motherboard I first ran it at stock using as stress test comprising of Orthos (dual Prime95), Folding @ Home running on both cores (set to idle priority) and RTHDRIBL running 1/2 screen. I let this run for 12hours to see how the board would fare.|
The benches and tests used on the motherboard were:
Super PI 1m and 32m
3DMark05 and 3DMark06 @ 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024
Counter Strike Source @ 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024
For comparison I used the following:
- Silverstone Zeus 560w PSU
- XFX 7900GT GPU
- Kingston HyperX PC2-8500 (5-5-5-15)
- Stock Intel Cooler
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66ghz)