Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard



Overclocking was performed through the BIOS, as all good 24/7 overclocking should be done. I have heard mixed results from the 680i chipset so I was wondering what I would get from the IN9. There are plenty of BIOS options to play with but the BIOS feels a bit in need of an update and it seems I am not the only one to think so.

Low Voltage Overclocking

I set an upper limit of 1.325v for the CPU and clocked the CPU as high as I could whilst maintaining a 3 hour Orthos (dual prime95) stable overclock. As the abit board only gives you 1.33v or 1.32v I have chosen 1.32v.


3350 cpu-z

3350Mhz on 1.32v stable is pretty nice overclock for sure.

Overclocking - Highest Possible Stable on Air

For this test I stopped when I got concerned that the temperature rose too high. This overclock was performed on air using a Scythe Infinity. I stopped when the CPU started getting around 65-70°C. For this overclock I had to use 1.65v which is not always to be recommended for those who are faint of heart! Let's see how we get on here.

3800 stable

abit in9 3800mhz

Once again the IN9 shows that it's up there with the best overclocking boards we've tested.


Here the abit board showed some weakness.

440 fsb

440 fsb stabl;e

I got the board to 440FSB x 6 100% stable. However for some reason the board just would not boot past the welcome screen at 1Mhz past this speed. This was slightly disappointing, especially as I felt this board could do more. After a long afternoon and evening trying various hardware configurations, BIOS settings etc I gave up but I really think the board can do more...

A mixed bag of overclocking, but there is certainly a lot of potential.

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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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