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Review: abit IN9 32X-MAX WiFi

by James Thorburn on 10 August 2007, 09:14

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Specifications


abit IN9 32X MAX WiFi
Item Specification
Processor Support Supports Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo & Extreme, Pentium® D & Pentium®4 Processors, including 1333MHz FSB processors.
Northbridge NVIDIA nForce 680i SPP
Southbridge NVIDIA nForce 680i MCP
Memory support 4 DIMMs, DDR2, 533/667/800+, 8GiB max
Graphics (main) 2 x PCI Express Graphics 16x
PCI Express 1 x PCI Express Graphics 16x (but electrically 8x)
2 x PCIe x1
PCI Conventional 2 slots; PCI 2.2
ATA 1 port, 680i MCP
SATA 6 ports SATA2 AHCI, 680i MCP
2 eSATA ports, Silicon Image Sil3132
SATA RAID 0/1/5, 680i MCP, MediaShield
LAN 2 x NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet
Audio HD Audio, 8-channel, Realtek ALC888DD Codec, 680i
Floppy 1 port
FireWire 2 ports
USB 10 ports, USB2.0, 680i
I/O ports & switches

1 x PS/2 keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse, S/PDIF in and out, clear-CMOS switch, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x RJ-45 LAN, 2 x eSATA

Monitoring ASIC µGuru
Fan headers 6
Form factor ATX - 12in x 9.6in
Street price as at 27/07/07 ~£178 inc. VAT

So, a set of premium features and a premium price. Fact is, though, nForce 680i SLI boards are never cheap but the IN9 32X MAX is right up there with the ASUS Striker Extreme in terms of price.

As with all 680i boards, support is included for the recently-released 1333MHz FSB CPUs. And NVIDIA claims that all its 680i boards should work with Intel's 45nm Wolfdale and Yorkfield CPUs.

While 800MHz is currently the fastest JEDEC-approved standard for memory speed, the 680i supports automatic overclocking up to 1200MHz - for memory modules fitted with an EPP-enhanced Serial Presence Detect (SPD) EEPROM.