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ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X motherboard PCSTATS is evaluating today is a prime example of what lengths ABIT is traveling to demonstrate its prowess.
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Overclocking the ABIT Motherboard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

353 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

As an overclocker that got into mainstream overclocking with a ABIT BE6-II motherboard, I have a special place in my heart for ABIT motherboards... Now, years later I'm just wondering of the FATAL1TY AN9 32X will live up to its namesake. PCSTATS tested this board with an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ processor and a sweet set of Corsair's Twin2X2048-6400C3 memory. With hardware like this, we're certainly giving the FATAL1TY AN9 32X a great chance to shine. ;-)

Before the overclocking began the Athlon64 X2 5000+ processor multiplier was first set to 6x, the memory to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode. Starting at 200 MHz motherboard clock speed, the motherboard clock speed was then overclocked in 5 MHz increments.

Out of the gate I'd have to say the ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X motherboard handled overclocking pretty well. It wasn't until 250 MHz before it ran into any issues, and this was solved by lowering the HyperTransport multiplier to 4x. At 260 MHz the Northbridge voltage required more juice, that was raised to 1.3V from within the BIOS.

At 285 MHz the Southbridge started to act up, and voltage for that core logic was thus increased to 1.7V to stabilize the situation. The ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X easily cracked the 300 MHz barrier and didn't stop until 315 MHz; the HyperTransport started to give us problems again and the multiplier was lowered to 3x this time.

At 330 MHz both the C51 Northbridge and MCP55XE Southbridge voltages had to be increased, the first to 1.4V and the latter to 1.8V. After those changes were made the ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X didn't need anymore tweaking at all... it hit a top speed of 353 MHz! That's not shabby for a Socket AM2 motherboard, and one of the faster AMD motherboards PCSTATS has had the chance to overclock in fact.

Inside the Fatal1ty AN9 32X BIOS:


The ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X is a tweaker's motherboard for sure! Just look at all these memory timing options - whooho! There is enough to keep you busy for weeks figuring out what each switch does.

ABIT's OC Guru is rather strong overclocking utility, and you'll find the majority of the overclocking options here. The board allows multiplier access depending on the processor you're using. The motherboard clock speed can be adjusted from 200-400 MHz in 1 MHz increments. The maximum CPU voltage is 1.8V, DDR2 voltage 2.3V, Northbridge voltage 1.5V. PCI Express voltage goes as high has 1.4V, Southbridge voltage to 2.0V, HyperTransport voltage to 1.35V and the DDR2 reference voltage can be increased by 60 mV at most.

The test system specs and full benchmark results are up next.

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Contents of Article: ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X
 Pg 1.  ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Built for the Gamer at heart?
 Pg 3.  Enthusiast Gaming Accessories
 Pg 4.  Flagship AM2 Chipset - nvidia nForce 590 SLI
 Pg 5.  Fatal1ty's Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 6.  — Overclocking the ABIT Motherboard
 Pg 7.  Prelude to Benchmarks / Sysmark 2004 Results
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 12.  Fancy motherboard you've got there

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