Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard



abit have done a great job in putting together a solid board with an excellent bundle that looks and performs very very well. In gaming performance out tests have shown that the board is top-notch and in my opinion it's the "must have" for SLI 8800.

However it still feels like the board needs to go through a few BIOS revisions to get the extreme overclocking performance that abit are claiming it can do. The FSB overclocking on this board was slightly unsatisfactory. It's worth noting that abit are working on this right now, though.

Also on the negative side the board is pretty expensive. Trusted retailers have it at:

£229 @ TekHeads
£135 @ Komplett

That's a pretty penny, but you do get a lot of board and a lot of bundle for your hard earned cash.

If you're a gamer then the abit IN9 32x Max is a great board for you as it seems to utilise even ATI cards incredibly well, not mentioning linkboost for nVidia cards and of course the all-important SLI 8800 series.

I'm giving the board "Gamers Choice" Award and the "Recommended" Award, with a note on the high price.

Gamers Choice Award Recommended Award

+ Great Gaming Performance
+ Excellent bundle
+ Slick looks
+ Very well built and thought out
+ Good overclocking
+ Very stable and solid

- Needs BIOS update
- Poor FSB overclocking on this board - possibly linked to hot NorthBridge temperatures
- Very expensive

Thanks to abit for the Review sample

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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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