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ABIT AB9 Pro Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review

ABIT AB9 Pro Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Since we're dealing with the Intel ICH8R southbridge, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD is standard. Of course there's more to the AB9 Pro than just Serial ATA, this Socket 775 Intel P965 Express based motherboard has a lot going for it.
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External Mfg. Website: ABIT-usa Apr 10 2007   Max Page  
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Overclocking the AB9 Pro

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

420 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 usually pretty darn good at the overclocking game, but as the company has been quick to point out to PCSTATS, we haven't had much luck the companies boards lately. Perhaps the E6600 we use for testing is jinxed? Will the ABIT AB9 change our overclocking streak from good to fantastic? Let's see..

For the following tests, we sprinkled some holy overclocking water on the P965 Express chipset, muttered some trade overclocking chants, and set about installing the AB9 Pro with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor and 2GB of Corsair's finger licking good Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory. I'm willing to bet these two components are not the limiting factor in this test senario.

Before the overclocking begins we are going to first set the memory to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode, this way the memory will not hold the motherboard back.

Starting at 266 MHz, the AB9 Pro motherboard clock speed will be increased in 5 MHz increments.

Without much difficulty the ABIT AB9 Pro sailed passed the 300 MHz mark. Pushing the board to 320 MHz required a slight processor voltage bump to 1.4V to stabilize the system. At 350 MHz FSB the Northbridge needed a voltage increase, going up to 1.3V.

At 380 MHz FSB the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 required more juice, this time to 1.45V. That tweak allowed the ABIT AB9 Pro motherboard to crack the 400 MHz FSB mark, which is pretty darn sweet.

A few minutes later and the ABIT AB9 Pro motherboard settled down with a top speed of 420 MHz. Another chipset voltage increase was necessary for this, so the P965 was getting 1.4V in the end. An overclocked front side bus of 420 MHz is pretty good from an Intel P965 Express based motherboard. Let's see what type of BIOS options the AB9 Pro has next.

The AB9 Pro's BIOS:

ABIT only gives the AB9 Pro motherboard basic memory timing adjustments. That's okay though these are the options that affect overall performance the most anyway.

Here is where all the fun happens. ;) The ABIT AB9 Pro motherboard clock frequency can be tuned between 266-600 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Sweet! Maximum CPU voltage is 1.725V, DDR2 voltage 2.5V, Northbridge 1.45V and Southbridge 1.7V. Please keep in mind that the maximum CPU and memory voltages are high enough to damage your hardware if you're not careful.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ABIT AB9 Pro 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 P965 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 AB9 Pro (P965 Express)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)

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
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference 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
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-usa AB9 Pro
 Pg 1.  ABIT AB9 Pro Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  eSATA and the Port 80
 Pg 3.  Full listing of PORT 80 error codes
 Pg 4.  ABIT AB9 Pro Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  More Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 6.  The Intel 965P Express chipset
 Pg 7.  — Overclocking the AB9 Pro
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 15.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 16.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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