abit AB9 Pro Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

11-16-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

abit AB9 Pro Motherboard Review

For the retail price of $146 that this board is online, it is an excellent single graphics card motherboard. If you want to run in Crossfire mode or SLI mode, I would suggest an Intel 975XBX2 board for Crossfire and one of the new nForce 680i SLI motherboards for SLI. Feature-wise the board falls short in our chart due to that omission, but is an excellent board to get started with and most people won't use two graphics cards in their system.

Performance on the AB9 Pro board was excellent, typical of the 965 chipset series motherboards seen thus far. Overclocking on the board went well, with uGuru clocking the CPU up to 10% above default with no stability issues and the FSB clocking to 350MHz at maximum. Not the highest ever seen, but not bad either. The strange placement of the PATA controller and FDD controller aside, the layout on the AB9 Pro is excellent. Not quite an Editors choice product, but one that is solid and reputable for its class.