Abit AB9 P965 Conroe Motherboard
Published: 21st September 2006 | Source: Abit | Price: |Introduction
With Core 2 duo "Conroe" chips out for a while and the popularity of the excellent new chip at a high among enthusiasts, we thought that we should look at the things that cause the most concern on Intel's new platform: motherboards.
Intel currently have 2 chipsets that support Conroe: the newer 965 and 975. The Abit AB9 we're looking at today is based on the Intel P965 chipset. The P965 chipset is the newest Intel chipset supporting Intel Core2Duo CPU's and we've seen some pretty decent results from it.
Packaging of motherboards has greatly improved over recent years, with people like Asus and DFI producing some really nice packages. Abit's choice for this board is somewhat strange. With a train and the logo: "Xpress for the big tracks", I am left feeling somewhat underwhelmed with the front of the packaging.
The inside of the box shows quality with two smaller boxes hiding away the parts and pieces.
The package with the board is pretty basic, but it gets you there. Everything you need to get set up is included, if nothing more than what you need.
* 6 x SATA cables (with easygrip connecters)
* 1 x IDE Cable
* 1 x FDD Cable
* 1 x PSI bracket for USB 2.0/Firewire
* 1 x Motherboard I/O backplate
* 1 x Quick Install Guide
* 1 x Users Manual
* 1 x Abit μGuru™ User Manual
* 1 x Abit AB9 Jumper Settings
* JMicron SATA RAID Driver Diskette
* Abit CD with user Manual/Drivers/Utilities
All in all not a bad little bundle. When we look at this we must bear in mind that the board is in the mid-range price-wise and will not come with the total package that the very ultra top-end motherboards will come with.
As I said before though - everything is there and I was happy with the package.