abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Motherboard

Installation and Test Setup


Installation was another surprising thing on the board. with the small size and compact nature I was expecting a bit of a hassle. I did find the cooler to be a bit of a squeeze but after turning it sideways my Scythe Infinity fitted onto the board fine. As stated previously this may be a bit of a hassle for those wanting to put a huge cooler on so I'd suggest a smaller cooler.

Let's see what everything looks like installed:

abit f-i90hd installed

abit f-i90hd installed 2

abit f-i90hd installed 3

As you can see the board is pretty compact, but is very easy to install, especially in a bigger ATX tower like my TJ09.

Board Setup

The board booted fine first time and in fact went straight into WindowsXP setup no problems first time. However the reason it went into XP setup was that it just wouldn't recognise my USB keyboard so I couldn't get into the BIOS. Subsequent experimentation with another keyboard proved the same thing. Out came my trusty PS/2 keyboard and it went into the BIOS first time. Enabling USB keyboard and mouse as "BIOS" and not "OS" fixed the problem right away but this was certainly an annoyance and something abit should look at - almost every new keyboard now seems to be a USB unit.

I now find that even after a CMOS reset I don't have this problem, so a pretty strange issue.

Testing Setup and Notes

The following test setup was as following:

Core2Duo E6700 ES
abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD motherboard
1gb Mushkin HP2 6400 (4-4-4-10)
Hitachia Deskstar 7K160 SATA HDD
Sony DVD-Rom/CD-RW
Silverstone 560w ZEUS PSU
Silverstone TJ09 case

For comparison I used results from an earlier review by OC3D on the Abit AB9 Review, the AW9D max Review, the Asus P5B-E Plus Review and the abit IN9 32x Max Review


To test the motherboard I first ran it at stock using as stress test comprising of Orthos (dual Prime95), Folding @ Home running on both cores (set to idle priority) and RTHDRIBL running 1/2 screen. I let this run for 12hours to see how the board would fare.

The benches and tests used on the motherboard were:

Super PI 1m and 32m

SiSoft Sandra:

Processor Arithmatic
Procsssor Multemedia
Memory Bandwidth
Memory Latency

3DMark05 and 3DMark06 @ 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024

Highest playable settings:
* Counter Strike Source
* Call of Duty 2
* F.E.A.R.

Windows Media and Quicktime 720p Playback

HD Tach


CPU Rendering

All tests are run three times for consistency and the averages given.

Note also that all of our motherboard tests also mean the we "live" with the motherboard for a two week period to make sure any issues are found.

As the board has an onboard GPU I am doing the Graphical tests a little differently and will not be comparing the figures with previous boards. I will, however be giving game test and benchmark results and also giving you an idea of what games are playable using the onboard GFX.

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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2007, 13:04:44

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, 13:04:55

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

16-04-2007, 13:13:00

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, 13:21:39

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

16-04-2007, 14:27:21

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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