Abit AB9 P965 Conroe Motherboard

I/O and BIOS

I/O Options

The board is slightly plain in the I/O options that you have. The sound is pretty awesome though - 5.1 sound and optical in/out.

Not so many USB ports on it though which I am slightly disappointed by. However there are a lot of ports on the motherboard that you could use for the PCI blanking plate and a fair few spares. Networking is a bit limited but at least there is some sort of legacy connecter.

Abit AB9

Specification

From Abit's Site:

CPU

* Support Intel Core 2 Duo Pentium® & Pentium® D processors with1066/800MHz FSB
* Support Intel® 2006FMB Conroe CPU

 

Chipset

 

* Intel® P965 / ICH8 Chipset

 

Memory

 

* 4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 8GB
* Supports Dual channel DDR2 800/667/533 Un-buffered Non-ECC memory

 

LAN

 

* On board 10/100/1000M PCI controller

 

Audio

 

* On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC
* Supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF Out

 

Expansion Slots

 

* 1 x PCI-E X16
* 2 x PCI-E X1
* 2 x PCI

 

Internal I/O

 

* 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB
* 1 x Ultra DMA 100/66/33 IDE connector
* 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connector
* 3 x USB header (support 4 ports)
* 1 x FP-Audio, 1 x CD-In

 

Back Panel I/O

 

* 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse

* ABIT Silent OTESTM
* 1 x S/P DIF In, 1 x S/P DIF Out
* 7.1 CH Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)
* 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ-45 LAN connector

 

Serial ATA

 

* 4 x SATA 3Gb/s through Intel® ICH8
* 2 x SATA 3Gb/s through JMicron® JMB363 support up to 0,1 ,JBOD RAID function

 

ABIT Engineered

 

* ABIT SoftMenuTM Technology
* ABIT μGuruTM Technology
* ABIT Silent OTESTM Technology

 

Form Factor

 

* ATX form factor 305 x 245mm
* PCB Color: Orange

 

RoHS

 

* 100% lead-free process and RoHS Compliancy


BIOS

Abit have employed the Phoenix Award BIOS for the AB9. Being used to this from the DFI LANPARTY series I was looking forward to a nice easy BIOS with plenty of options. I won't mention the colour. No really....PINK!

abit AB9 BIOS

The CPU and voltage adjustments are in the μGuru™ part of the BIOS. Plenty of adjustment in there for you.

Pretty decent CPU voltage adjustment up to 1.7v. Not too keen on the fairly large 0.025 steps.

Abit Ab9 mgure abit ab9 cpu speed

And FSB adjustment up to 600FSB - not too bad!

DDR Voltage adjustment up to an "OK" 2.3v and some decent speed adjustment. Some of the higher speed DDR2 will need more volts. This is not as impressive as I had hoped for.

abit ab9 abit ab9 ram speed

MCH goes up to 1.45v and ICHIO goes up to 1.7v. Pretty decent amounts of adjustment.

abit ab9 mch volts abit ab9 icho voltage

The RAM timings are set elsewhere in advanced. Not a huge amount like the LANPARTY BIOS, but the main 4 are there.

abit ab9 timings

All in all the BIOS is pretty decent, although the lack of RAM voltage is slightly disappointing. Aside from the colour: Abit supply a decent BIOS and it will only get better and I hope Abit continues to release decent new BIOS's.

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Most Recent Comments

21-09-2006, 06:26:29

FragTek
Nice review mate, very well put together! And the board looks nice too Quote

21-09-2006, 06:51:09

PV5150
Hot pink BIOS Nice one kemp, once again a great and thorough review Quote

21-09-2006, 14:34:45

SuB
Nice review mate I gather this is what you were working on when i was talking to you on msn hehe.

That really was a silly place to put an IDE port lol.

Can't get over how HUGE that cpu cooler is, seems to dwarf the motherboard!Quote

21-09-2006, 15:04:16

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB
Nice review mate I gather this is what you were working on when i was talking to you on msn hehe.

That really was a silly place to put an IDE port lol.

Can't get over how HUGE that cpu cooler is, seems to dwarf the motherboard!
Aye twas

The IDE is stupid - they look like they've learnt on the AW9D Max tho

Yeah the cooler is awesome - absolutely massive Quote

21-09-2006, 19:46:31

BUFF
I do believe that's the first pretty positive review of the AB9 that I've seen.

Have you got an AW9D to play with too?Quote
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