Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard

Installation and Test Setup


Installation of the abit IN9 32x Max was a fairly straight forward process with all of the connectors on the board being right at the edge of the board I had little wiring problems. The only slight problem of note was the molex at the bottom edge of the board causing an annoying extra wire. However nothing else was really too taxing.

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Board Setup

After installation and on first boot everything worked fine with no problems. Having taken a look around some forums it seems that this may be because both sets of RAM that I tested on the board are designed to run at low voltages and boot at 1.7v and above. However in my case the setup worked excellently and I had no issues booting properley when I setup the board.

For testing I setup a RAID 0 array on the board as a secondary array to the SATA primary OS drive and this also worked fine. I haven't had a change to test eSATA yet though.

Testing Setup and Notes

The following test setup was as following:

Core2Duo E6700 ES
abit IN9 32x Max Motherboard
1gb Mushkin HP2 6400 (4-4-4-10)
Sapphire X1600Pro
Hitachia Deskstar 7K160 SATA HDD
Sony DVD-Rom/CD-RW
Silverstone 560w ZEUS PSU
Silverstone TJ09 case

Note that to test that users would not have an issue with 8800 and 8800 SLI use on the board I also installed 1/2 8800GTS overclocked editions. No issues were found.

For comparison I used results from an earlier review by OC3D on the Intel D975XBX, the Abit AB9 Review, the AW9D max Review and the Asus P5B-E Plus 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

Counter Strike Source @ 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024

HD Tach


CPU Rendering

For comparison I used the following:

- Silverstone Zeus 560w PSU
- XFX 7900GT GPU
- Kingston HyperX PC2-8500 (5-5-5-15)
- Stock Intel Cooler
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66ghz)

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Most Recent Comments

14-02-2007, 09:13:14

Great review Kemp, nice bunch of packaging akin to the rocketboy type of stuffz. I do wish the µguru thing was more of a 5.25 bay thingy tbh. Last time I checked, retailers were ramming these devices down peoples throats for like £11 or so - which amazes me why u never had one in the box ?!?

I would hope these good results will boost a tad more after some bios revisions, board to board I`d expect this one to be a bit better than shown - but meh..

Kewl, I recognize some of those photos too Quote

14-02-2007, 09:27:58

Excellent review as usual mate. The 680i's are toasty little sods for sure, and it's a pity that abit didn't even provide some form of active cooling to try and address the problem. Well done Quote

14-02-2007, 09:35:57

Their answer, and a few other manufs answer, seems to be to add this ugly looking heatpipe structure to stuff.

Heatpipes are great, but I don`t personally like the idea of 2 or 3 of the hs being connected together.Quote

14-02-2007, 09:38:11

2 or 3 connected together is fine, but that needs active cooling to work okQuote

14-02-2007, 10:51:54

Great review, Kemp, thanks for doing it as I was thinking of grabbing one. Now for my thoughts...

DAMN DAMN DAMN! I think the 680i chipset is good but not the king, would really like to see the 975X (or updated chipset) that can support nVidia's 8800 series gpu's in SLI... and done by ABIT. ABIT boards look great, and with the exception of the EZ PLUG for added graphics power, I like their layouts; not to mention my AW9D was rock-solid, even using an E6600 @ 3.7GHz... my 680i mobo can't touch it, only solid at 3.4GHz or lower.

Like the EZ CMOS as well, no more dip-switch installations! (newer mobos don't have problems like the old mobos after a bad OC, but it's the thought that counts!)

I personally don't see all the fuss over the passive cooling for the NB/SB. My case uses 4 120mm fans on the side of the case, so I get a lot of extra cooling... not to mention the little fan that came with my mobo for the NB, so I don't have a heating problem. I think it works fine, even without the little fan made for the NB; on the other hand, an enthusiast board should give the user the option to remove the passive to add active (fan) cooling solutions. The only thing I wonder about is the need for pipes from SB--NB--PWM... do the pipes really do anything for the cooling?


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