abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review :: abit IL9 Pro Layout

12-12-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

abit's IL9 Pro has an excellent layout in most respects. The positioning of the 4-pin power connector is above the CPU Socket, but is positioned in an area where the cables don't interfere with the airflow or CPU cooler. The 24-pin ATX power connector is on the bottom right area of the board, where it should be and therefore no problem.


abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review 4-pin power

4-pin power

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power


The memory slots are in a position right next to the video card slot. One thing about the positioning is that you can remove the memory without removing the video card, you just have to be very careful, as pushing too hard will break the memory lock or possibly damage the video card. The Northbridge and Southbridge are covered by heatsinks with no exotic cooling; the chipset may get warm during operation without a better cooling implementation.


abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Northbridge

Northbridge

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review USB headers

USB headers

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Sysfan2

Sysfan2

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Front Panel

Front Panel

abit IL9 Pro Motherboard Review Molex connector

Molex connector


abit added two USB 2.0 headers to the board, allowing for up to 8 USB devices to be attached with brackets when the four on the back panel are counted. No IEEE-1394 ports are available; you'll need to buy a Firewire card to install them. The Front Panel connections are labeled to the side instead of under the connections. so you don't get your connections mixed up without looking at a manual.