Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 14th February 2007 | Source: Abit | Price: |Conclusion
abit have done a great job in putting together a solid board with an excellent bundle that looks and performs very very well. In gaming performance out tests have shown that the board is top-notch and in my opinion it's the "must have" for SLI 8800.
However it still feels like the board needs to go through a few BIOS revisions to get the extreme overclocking performance that abit are claiming it can do. The FSB overclocking on this board was slightly unsatisfactory. It's worth noting that abit are working on this right now, though.
Also on the negative side the board is pretty expensive. Trusted retailers have it at:
£229 @ TekHeads
£135 @ Komplett
That's a pretty penny, but you do get a lot of board and a lot of bundle for your hard earned cash.
If you're a gamer then the abit IN9 32x Max is a great board for you as it seems to utilise even ATI cards incredibly well, not mentioning linkboost for nVidia cards and of course the all-important SLI 8800 series.
I'm giving the board "Gamers Choice" Award and the "Recommended" Award, with a note on the high price.
+ Great Gaming Performance
+ Excellent bundle
+ Slick looks
+ Very well built and thought out
+ Good overclocking
+ Very stable and solid
- Needs BIOS update
- Poor FSB overclocking on this board - possibly linked to hot NorthBridge temperatures
- Very expensive
Thanks to abit for the Review sample
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