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ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard Review

ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ABIT, which is now officially known as Universal ABIT, is recapturing is former glory. The ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard is based on Intel's top of the line 975X Express and ICH7R chipsets, packs in quite a lot to get excited about.
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External Mfg. Website: ABIT Feb 28 2007   Max Page  
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Overclocking the ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

385 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

ABIT is well known for its overclocking abilities, so we had some pretty high expectations for the AW9D-MAX motherboard. After setting the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode and using an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor, we began to raise the motherboard's FSB.

Starting at 200 MHz the FSB was increased in 5 MHz increments. The 300 MHz barrier came and went by easily, at 320 MHz the processor voltage needed a slight tweak to 1.4V to keep things stable. The motherboard experienced another issue at 350 MHz, and here the MCH voltage had to be increased to 1.7V.

Unfortunately the ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard seemed to hit an imaginary wall at 385 MHz. Nothing we did would allow the motherboard to go any further than this. A speed of 385 MHz isn't too bad, but we were expecting a bit more from ABIT. Get it... A BIT... ;-)

The ABIT BIOS:

ABIT only allows for basic memory timing adjustments with the AW9D-MAX motherboard. A bit disappointing, usually ABIT allows for more tweaks than this.

You can adjust the FSB from 133-600 MHz in 1 MHz steps. The maximum CPU voltage is 1.7125V, DDR2 voltage 2.65V and Northbridge/PCI-E voltage 2.0V. Those are some pretty steep voltage options. Make sure you have adequate cooling if you plan on using the higher options.

Prelude to the benchmarks

The details of how the ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel 975X Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2 Reference System #3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)

Intel Pentium D 840 (775)

Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: ABIT AW9D-MAX (975X)

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 (945G)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX(P965)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel EE6600 Refernece AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Refernece Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
PC WorldBench 5.0
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3
Quake 4

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Contents of Article: ABIT AW9D-MAX
 Pg 1.  ABIT AW9D-MAX 975X Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Accessories in the Box
 Pg 3.  External Serial ATA and Port 80
 Pg 4.  ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard highlights
 Pg 5.  The Intel 975X Chipset
 Pg 6.  — Overclocking the ABIT AW9D-MAX motherboard
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 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
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusion

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