Abit IN9 32x Max Intel Socket 775 Motherboard

Introduction, Packaging and Package

Introduction

abit are a revived company recently with enthusiast eagerley awaiting their next board to come out. The AW9D Max had rave reviews from around the web and seemed to harken back to the awesome Max series of motherboards in the past.

The IN9 Max seemed to take even longer to come out that everyone had hoped. Based on nVidia's 680i chipset and bundled with more features than you can shake a stick at, the IN9 Max seems ready to go on every front. Will it stand up to the usual round of OC3D tests? let's see...


Packaging

abit seem to be heading towards gargantuan proportions with their motherboard boxes nowadays, especially in their high-end boards. When the package came through my door it was certainly impressive.

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With a rather bizarre horse/dragon/cyborg covered in flames the box certainly is very striking and large. The top panel flips up to reveal parts of the motherboard that highlight features. The packaging is certainly large enough to withstand a bit of a beating and will catch most people's attention when on retail shelves. Some rather amusing "beast" references are plastered over the box but all of the relevant information is there for you to read about the board.

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abit use compartments to store the huge amount of extras you get with the board. As you can see included are two extra-long SLI connectors and abit's PCI-e Wi-Fi card. All in all a very well organised box.


Package

The box includes a plethora of stuff for you to use with the board. In fact I was quite overwhelmed when I took a look inside those neat little white boxes.

Here's what abit have put in the box for you:

* 1 x abit "AirPace" PCI-E x1 WiFi card
* 2 x Extra-long SLI connectors
* PCI backplate bracket to secure SLI bridge connectors (see below)
* Fan mount for NorthBridge
* I/O backplate
* 6 SATA data cables
* Rounded clear IDE cable
* Rounded Black FDD cable
* PCI backplate with 2 x USB and 2 x Firewire connecters (1 x large, 1 x small)
* 1 x Digital Optical audio cable
* 1 x AirPace manual
* 1 x abit IN9 32x Max Manual
* 1 x µGuru Users Manual
* 1 x abit IN9 32x Max Motherboard Jumper Settings quick-reference sheet
* 1 x Driver & Utilities CD for abit IN9 32x Max

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The IN9 Max is an expensive top-end motherboard and a good bundle is expected. However I feel that abit have gone past the call of duty and this really is a complete package. I'm sure there's something else I would have wanted to see, but I can't think what it is!

On a more serious note, it's good to see abit stacking up this board with all that an enthusiast needs. It makes you feel that your money is well spent, so good job abit.

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Most Recent Comments

14-02-2007, 08:41:40

FarFarAway
Top dollar...but is it a top board?

Take a look inside...click

World Exclusive!!! - Digg ItQuote

14-02-2007, 09:13:14

Rastalovich
Great review Kemp, nice bunch of packaging akin to the rocketboy type of stuffz. I do wish the µguru thing was more of a 5.25 bay thingy tbh. Last time I checked, retailers were ramming these devices down peoples throats for like £11 or so - which amazes me why u never had one in the box ?!?

I would hope these good results will boost a tad more after some bios revisions, board to board I`d expect this one to be a bit better than shown - but meh..

Kewl, I recognize some of those photos too Quote

14-02-2007, 09:27:58

PV5150
Excellent review as usual mate. The 680i's are toasty little sods for sure, and it's a pity that abit didn't even provide some form of active cooling to try and address the problem. Well done Quote
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