ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review :: ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Features

10-10-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Abit AN9 32X Spec Sheet
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Part NumberAN9 32X
ManufacturerAbit
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetNvidia nForce 590 SLI
North BridgeNvidia nForce 590 SLI
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor Types
Number of CPUs
Front Side Bus1GHz HyperTransport Bus Link
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP
South BridgeNvidia nForce 590 MCP
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCI
  • 2 x PCI Express x1
  • 2 x PCI Express x16
BIOS
Form FactorATX
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The AN9 32X board is based upon NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI chipset, the high-end of NVIDIA's AM2 chipset lineup. The board supports all current AMD Socket AM2 CPUs including the 5000+, the FX-62 and lower speed CPUs like the 4600+ a 3800+ Energy Efficient CPUs. The 5000+ that we use for motherboard and video card testing POSTed on the first try.


ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review Memory slots

Memory slots


DDR2 memory has overcome a slow start, due to more latency than DDR, to become the memory of choice for motherboard chipsets. Intel moved to support DDR2 with their LGA-775 platform, and AMD now supports DDR2 with the AM2 platform. The AN9 32X sports four DIMM slots, allowing for up to 8GB of DDR2 memory. 32-bit operating systems can only address 4 GB of memory, meaning if you want to install more you need to use Linux or 64-bit Windows XP. The AN9 32x motherboard supports up to DDR2 800 Mhz memory.


ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review PCI Express x16 slots

PCI Express x16 slots

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review Expansion slots

Expansion slots


SLI has become the dominant multiple GPU solution on the market, as ATI's Crossfire solution doesn't offer as much compatibility as SLI, and according to a recent Steam survey, 98.2% of the Steam users (Half Life 2 Episode 1 et al) use SLI (out of a survey of 700000+ users). The Fatal1ty board has two PCI Express x16 slots used to install two NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI mode. In between the two slots are two PCI Express x1 slots. The board also sports a single PCI slot and the slot for the Audiomax onboard sound.


ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review FDD controller

FDD controller

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review MediaShield

MediaShield


The nForce 590 SLI MCP supports up to 6 SATA 2.0 ports natively. Serial ATA drives or SATA have taken the place of IDE drives, and in fact have virtually replaced SCSI drives as well, as the 3GB/second transfer rates of SATA 2.0 drives is higher than the highest SCSI transfer rates of 300MB/second. The AN9 32X has 6 SATA ports, a FD controller and a Parallel ATA controller to round out the drive support of the board.


ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review Sound effect

Sound effect

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review Microphone

Microphone

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review Mixer

Mixer

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review 3D Audio Demo

3D Audio Demo

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review Audio I/O

Audio I/O


Onboard audio has evolved since the early days of computing. Tinny sounds coming from 1W speakers have given way to fully fledged Dolby Surround Theater setups with better sound than movie theaters had just a few years ago. NVIDIA began to support the High Definition Audio standard with the nForce 6150 a year ago, and have added HDA support to all of their current motherboard chipsets.


ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review AudioMax card

AudioMax card

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review CD1

CD1


ABIT decided to include their standalone AudioMax card with the AN9 32X motherboard. Most motherboard manufacturers place the jacks for the onboard sound on the rear I/O panel. ABIT puts the sound jacks on a card dubbed AudioMax, which also contains the Realtek ALC882D CODEC. This chip supports the HDA standard, meaning the need for discrete audio is alleviated.

Replacing the audio jacks normally found on the Rear IO is ABIT's OTES cooling system. Two fans are on the Rear IO keeping the hot air that is transferred from the NB and SB cool heat pipes cool. Also on the rear panel are four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 mouse, a PS/2 keyboard and two RJ-45 jacks for the onboard LAN.