ABIT KN9 SLI Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

08-04-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ABIT KN9 SLI Motherboard Review

The nForce 570 SLI chipset is analogous in many ways to the previous nForce4 SLI chipset. There are 28 PCI Express lanes available to the chipset, meaning that x16 x16 SLI is not an option for this motherboard and the board does x8 x8 SLI. As to whether the extra bandwidth of the nForce 590 SLI chipset or nForce x16 chipset, that is not likely with the current crop of video cards with the exception of maybe the 7950 GX2.

ABIT has done the job well with the KN9-SLI motherboard. The board retails on Newegg for $130 USD, the price point is excellent. The performance is below that of the nForce 590 SLI boards that we have tested, but those boards are generally the highest performing and have the advantage of LinkBoost technology, which boosts PCI Express frequency by up to 20%. The uncertainty regarding the future that the AMD/ATI merger has brought to the table hovers in the air, and who knows how long NVIDIA will supply high-end products to the AMD market. The nForce 570 SLI is the mainstream version of the nForce 5 familily of chipsets and the KN9-SLI is a good example. Things that could have made a bigger impression on me missing from the board include: ABIT's UGURU chip, anti-virus software, but otherwise I'm more than pleased with the board.