Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 14th February 2007 | Source: Abit | Price: |3DMark05
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.
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.
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?
Counter Strike: Source - 1280 x 1024
I tested in a higher res for those who like more detail.
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.