abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review :: abit IL9 Pro Features

12-12-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Abit IL9 Pro Spec Sheet
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Part NumberIL9 Pro
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ChipsetIntel 945P Express ICH7
North BridgeIntel 82945P MCH
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesCore 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1066/800MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory4GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeIntel 82801GB ICH7
SATA3.0 GB/s
Expansion Slots
Form FactorATX
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The ILPro is designed to work with all current regular Intel LGA-775 CPUs including the Core 2 Duo series. In fact, the first time I booted the computer up, I had mistakenly inserted a Core 2 Duo E6700 instead of the standard 3.8GHz Pentium 4 we use for motherboard testing. Their website has a comprehensive list of CPUs supported. One thing the IL9 Pro does not seem to support is the Core 2 Extreme CPU, or the 8xx or 9xx Extreme CPUs as they are not on the compatibility list.

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

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The board has four 240-pin DIMM sockets for supporting memory modules. The 945P chipset was created by Intel before the advent of 800MHz DDR2 and the board officially supports up to DDR2 667MHz unbuffered Non-ECC memory in Dual Channel mode. abit's website lists 4GB as the maximum supported by this motherboard. As there are 2GB and 4GB modules available, it is a minor inconvenience, but adequate for a budget board like the IL9 Pro is.

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Four SATA ports

Four SATA ports

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abit went an interesting route with their Southbridge choice. The ICH7 SB on the IL-9 Pro board lacks the R that signifies SATA RAID support on the board. There are four SATA ports on the board, but without a RAID controller, the drives are recognized as individual drives incapable doing RAID 0 (stripping) or RAID 1 (mirroring). There is also an IDE port and a FDD port on the board, rounding out the drive expansion.

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Expansion slots

Expansion slots

Device expansion on the board is interesting to say the least. PCI Express has taken over the AGP Port for graphics expansion on virtually every motherboard available today (barring the odd Socket 939 board, a few ASROCK boards and boards with only integrated video onboard). The IL9-Pro contains the PCI Express x16 slot as to be expected but also has a second PCI Express x16 slot.

ATI introduced Crossfire multi-VPU solutions with their RS480 chipset and the Xpress 200 SouthBridge back in late 2005, a year after NVIDIA introduced their SLI solution for multiple graphics cards. The abit IL9 in single card mode has 16 PCI Express lanes dedicated to the graphics card. When two ATI cards are installed with the dongle or via the Crossfire Link in the case of the X1950 Pro, the second slot provides 4 lanes for the second ATI card.

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Microphone


abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Mixer


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Sound Effect

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Audio IO

Audio IO

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review 3D Audio Demo

3D Audio Demo

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Realtek ALC883 CODEC

Realtek ALC883 CODEC

Onboard audio on the IL9Pro consists of the Realtek ALC883 CODEC. This is the latest CODEC from REALTEK, a popular onboard audio manufacturer. This CODEC supports the High Definition Audio initiative that replaced the AC'97 audio standard in 2004. HDA support adds multiple simultaneous audio streams, 7.1 surround sound support to the onboard sound. If you want better performance, add an X-Fi sound card from Creative Labs, as Realtek is a shoddy solution for the most part and just an adequate audio solution.

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review IO


abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Realtek 8110S

Realtek 8110S

The rear IO on the board is typical of the standard motherboard on the market today with legacy ports allowing you to use devices like a Parallel port printer. A PS/2 mouse and a PS/2 keyboard port are present, though many people will use USB versions of those devices instead. A RJ-45 jack is present for the onboard Gigabit Ethernet. COM1 and Parallel ports are present, giving legacy support for Parallel printers. Finally there are four USB 2.0 ports on the rear.