Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard

Test results - 3DMark and Counter Strike Source


3DMark05 is a benchmark that relies heavily upon DX 8 and DX 9 shader paths. 3DMark05 is very useful benchmark to give us numbers to compare systems. It does give a decent indicator of gaming performance, and includes a couple of CPU benchmarks. Being branded as a complete gamers board I was certainly interested in what the IN9 max could do here.

abit IN9 32x max 3dmark05

It seems that the IN9 Max really lives up to that gamers tag beating out all of our boards by a margain in this test.


3dMark06 is the latest in the benchmarking tests from Futuremark. It has a lot of DirectX 9.0c features such as HDR and use of Shader model 3.0.

abit in9 32x max 3dmark06

Again the IN9 Max really shows what an advantage the board seems to give in gaming-like situations.

Counter Strike: Source - 1024 x 768

Counter Strike: Source is a hugely popular online FPS game based on the Source engine by Valve. This will show what a typical gamer will play on their PC and is a great indication of real-world gaming performance as the engine is so scalable. Will the IN9 Max continue the gaming experience here too?

abit in9 32x max css 1024 x 768

The board seems to even out the gameplay in CSS making the frames more even and getting a fairly higher average framerate.

Counter Strike: Source - 1280 x 1024

I tested in a higher res for those who like more detail.

abit in9 32x max css 1280 x 1024

Again the IN9 Max came out ahead of the other boards by a fair margain: quite surprising considering that the other boards are closely matched.

After doing extensive game-testing with both the X1600Pro and 8800GTS in single card and SLI configuration it seems the board really does give a good framerate boost in games: for a motherboard on it's own. This quite surprised me and leaves me wondering what abit have been doing with the tweaking, apart from implementing nVidia's linkboost technology for the 8800 cards.

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Most Recent Comments

14-02-2007, 08:41:40

Top dollar...but is it a top board?

Take a look inside...click

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14-02-2007, 09:13:14

Great review Kemp, nice bunch of packaging akin to the rocketboy type of stuffz. I do wish the µguru thing was more of a 5.25 bay thingy tbh. Last time I checked, retailers were ramming these devices down peoples throats for like £11 or so - which amazes me why u never had one in the box ?!?

I would hope these good results will boost a tad more after some bios revisions, board to board I`d expect this one to be a bit better than shown - but meh..

Kewl, I recognize some of those photos too Quote

14-02-2007, 09:27:58

Excellent review as usual mate. The 680i's are toasty little sods for sure, and it's a pity that abit didn't even provide some form of active cooling to try and address the problem. Well done Quote

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