abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard

Introduction, packaging, package and Specification


AMD/ATI really did release a cracking chipset in their 690G, and now it's turn for the major AIB's to stamp their mark on the Intel version. Based around the ATI Radeon Express 1250 Graphics chipset and with a whole host of features like onboard HDMI and VGA, integrated HDCP audio/video and a whole host of others it looks like it's never been a better time to plug a Core2Duo into your media rack.

Based on the ever-present "Fatal1ty" branding (Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendell - one of the worlds top gamers), the board is clad in the usual red abit Fatal1ty regalia. Read on to find out how it fares in the OC3D labs.


abit have gone with a rather toned down package to that which they normally produce. Clothed in a rather nice subtle grey scratched metal effect, for me this would definitely stand out on the shelves.

abit f-i90hd box top

abit fatal1ty f-i90hd rear box

Opening up the box let's you know that care has been taken to present the product in the very best manner possible. The motherboard is mounted at the top of the box with a clear plastic cover to show it off. I don't know how much use this is but it is a nice touch.

abit f-i90hd inside 1

abit f-i90 hd inside box 2

The package that abit have included in with the F-190HD is protected by a rather smart box that took me a minute or so to figure out how to open (old age ey?!). abit have certainly packaged up the whole lot with no chance of damage in transit unless it gets run over by a lorry.


abit f-i90hd package

The package with the motherboard is again pretty impressive for a cheap board like this. With the following included:

* Flat IDE Cable
* Flat Floppy Cable
* 4 x SATA Cables
* HDMI to DVI Cable
* Backplate IO panel
* Letter from Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendell
* Manual
* Quick-install guide
* Driver CD

Specifications (taken from abit website)

# CPU Supports Intel® Core™2 Duo, Core™2 Quad, Core™2 Extreme, Pentium® D & Pentium®4 Processors with 1066/800MHz FSB
# PWM Designation provides high quality and efficient power
# Chipset ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1250
# Memory 4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 16GB
# Supports Dual channel DDR2 800/667/533 Un-buffered Non-ECC memory
# LAN Gigabit Ethernet controller supports 10/100/1000Mbit LAN connections
# Audio 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, 1 x PCI
# Internal I/O 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB
# 1 x ATA 133/100/66/33 IDE connector
# 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector
# 3 x USB header (supports 6 additional ports)
# 1 x FP-Audio
# Back Panel I/O 1 x HDMI™ connector
# 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
# 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 with SATA RAID 0/1/0+1
# RoHS 100% lead-free process and RoHS compliant
# Accessories Driver CD x1
# English Manual x1, Jumper Setting Label x 1
# IDE cable x1, FDD cable x1, SATA cable x4
# I/O bracket x1, HDMI to DVI Connector x1
# Form Factor mATX form factor 244 x 244mm
# PCB Color: Red
# abit Engineered 100% Japanese Capacitors
# Low ESR, high ripple, conductive polymer aluminum solid state capacitors in all high frequency areas
# Silent Cooling

All looking great for abit so far.
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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2007, 17:04:44

I think the most impressive part is the letter from Wendell!

Tbh I've quite liked the look of this one since I first saw it, imo it'd be fantastic for a HTPC.Quote

16-04-2007, 17:04:55

sweet looking.. and with the c2d price drops should soon be in my htpc budget Quote

16-04-2007, 17:13:00

One thing I just thought of actually, why did they decide to brand it as a fatality product? Surely they should be for 'hardcore' gamers?Quote

16-04-2007, 17:21:39

Well ye I thought that a bit strange, but I suppose they are trying to market it as a gaming productQuote

16-04-2007, 18:27:21

I'm sure they'd probably make more money marketing it as a HTPC product. Without the fatality branding it'd probably be cheaper and the 690G with HDMI just seems like the perfect HTPC board. Ah well, I'm sure there are some very well paid people in the workd making these kind of desisions.Quote

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