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Digital-Daily : Motherboard Reviews : abit_fp_in9_sli

Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI on NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI

Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI on NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI
Author: Aleksandr Mitrofanov
Date: 06.11.2007

abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI
Chipset nVidia nForce 650i SLI
CPU Intel Prescott/Gallatin/Smithfield (FSB 200/266/333 MHz)
Dual/Quad Core Pentium4 (Core 2 Duo)
Celeron (Conroe-L/Prescott) FSB 800/533 MHz
HyperThreading
Memory DDR2 400/533/667/800
HDD 2x UltraDMA/133(RAID)
4x SerialATA II (RAID)
Extras Audio HDA
8 USB 2.0
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Price: n/a

Originally, we liked the chipset NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI very much: superb expansion options, support for SLI, and outstanding overclocking capability. In other words, this product is a superb alternative to the NVIDIA 680i SLI chipset: at a much smaller amount the user acquired a motherboard of almost the same capabilities. However, much time as passed since the release of nForce 650i SLI, and the situation has changed essentially. In particular, there has been released the Intel P35 chipset which is superior to nForce 650i SLI at expansion options and overclocking capability. At the same time, motherboard manufacturers produce a wide spectrum of products based on P35 - from high-end down to the cheap low-end. In the end, nForce 650i SLI can offer only support for the SLI which is still (so far?) exclusive to all NVIDIA chipsets. Even the advantage like support for ParallelATA lines is not much of a plus: prices for SerialATA drives have almost equaled the prices for PATA drives.

Not all is straightforward with the SLI technology: its use for low- and middle-end solutions is non-value-added, since a combination of two such cards loses to a single high-end card at both the price and the performance. And the person who can afford a high-end video card can easily find extra $50 - $100 and purchase a motherboard of higher class (i.e. one based on the 680i SLI chipset).

Therefore, the target audience for motherboards based on 650i SLI has shrunk essentially, but that does not prevent manufacturers from releasing more and more new products. This time, we'll be talking about abit which started shipping its spring novelty Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI to Russia.

abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI Specifications

abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI


abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI
CPU - Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin) with the bus speeds 1066/800/533 MHz
- Dual-core Intel Pentium D (Smithfield/Presler) with the bus speed 800 MHz
- Dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe/Allendale) with the bus speed 800/1066/1333 MHz
- Quad-core Intel Core Quad with the bus speeds 1066/1333 MHz
- Intel Celeron-D (Conroe-L/Prescott) with the bus speeds 533/800 MHz
- Support for Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale with the bus speeds 800/1066/1333 MHz
- Socket LGA775
- Support for HyperThreading
Chipset - nVidia nForce 650i SLI - North bridge nForce 650i SLI (C55)
- South bridge nForce 430i (MCP51)
- Interbridge communication: HyperTransport bus (800 MHz)
System Memory - Four 240-pin slots for DDR-2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory capacity 8 GB
- Dual-channel memory access
- Supported memory DDR2- 400/533/667/800
- Onboard power indicator
Graphics - Two PCI Express x16 slots (SLI: 8+8)
Expansion options - Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- Two PCI Express x1 slots
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 integrated + 4 additional)
- Integrated 8-channel audio
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller
Overclocking options - FSB adjustable within 100 to 750 MHz in 0.25 MHz; multiplier adjustable
- Adjustable voltage of the CPU, memory, chipset (nb), and VTT
- abit SoftMenu
Disk subsystem - 2 lines for UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE (with support for up to 4 ATAPI-devices & RAID 0, 1, 0+1 )
- Support for SerialATA II (4 lines - nForce 650i SLI IE, with support for RAID);
- Support for LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM
BIOS - 4 Mbit Flash ROM
- Award Phoenix BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features, and Trend Chip Away Virus
- Support for FlashMenu
Misc - One port for FDD, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- Onboard power indicator + power-on and reboot buttons
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out
Power management - Wake-up on modem, mouse, keyboard, LAN, timer, and USB
- 24-pin power connector ATX (ATX-PW)
- Additional 4-pin power connector
- Additional 4-pin Molex power connector
Monitoring - Monitoring the temperatures of the CPU, system, power supply module, voltages, measurement of rotational speeds of the four fans;
- abitEQ;
Dimensions - ATX form factor, 244 mm x 305 mm (9.63" x 12")

The board is packaged in a box of stylish design:

Inside the box, there is a smaller one with a transparent lid:

Package bundle:

  • motherboard;
  • Software & drivers CD;
  • User's manual in English + congratulations slip from Fatal1ty;
  • one ATA133 cable, one FDD cable;
  • 4x SerialATA cables;
  • a sticker with the jumpers layout diagram;
  • a cap for the rear panel of the housing;
  • SLI-connector + enforcement plate.

Although the package bundle looks scanty, it matches the price.

Apart from the standard cables and the cap, there is a mandatory SLI connector, as well as an enforcement plate.

As regards the documentation, there is nothing to complain about - the main user's guide unveils all the stages of system assemblage and setup. Besides, there is a CD with a complete kit of drivers, a sticker with a jumpers layout diagram, as well as a congratulations slip from Fatal1ty.

However, there is not third-party software - among the proprietary utilities there is only FlashMenu.

Content:

  • Page 1 - Specification
  • Page 2 - Layout
  • Page 3 - Expansion options
  • Page 4 - BIOS, system monitoring
  • Page 5 - Overclocking and stability
  • Page 6 - Performance and conclusions




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