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Abit AB9 Pro 965P Motherboard Review

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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction



During Computex in Taipei this past summer, Intel officially unveiled their latest core logic solution, the 965 chipset.  While not targeted to replace the 975X chipset as the enthusiast platform of choice for Intel processors, the P965 chipset is making its way into enthusiast class motherboards such as this Abit AB9 Pro. One very significant change in the P965 chipset is that it no longer natively supports PATA. This leaves manufactures to Include PATA support via an additional add in controller. While I'm always a fan of phasing out old technology, I believe Intel jumped the gun on this one, as most optical drives available on the market today still feature a PATA interface.

The AB9 Pro has a well rounded feature list, at an affordable price point, which makes it a very capable mid range board.


Specifications (from Abit.com)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />













































CPU


Support Intel Core 2 Duo Pentium® & Pentium® D processors with1066/800MHz FSB


Support Intel® 2006FMB <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Conroe CPU


 


Chipset


Intel® P965 / ICH8R Chipset


Front Side Bus


1066/800MHz FSB


Memory


4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 8GB


Supports Dual channel DDR2 800/667/533 Un-buffered Non-ECC memory


 


Expansion Slots


1 x PCI-E X16


2 x PCI-E X1


2 x PCI


 


Serial ATA


6 x SATA 3Gb/s offer by Intel® ICH8R support Intel® Matrix Storage Tech(AHCI & RAID 0/1/5 /10)


2 x SATA 3Gb/s offer by JMicron® JMB363 support up to 0,1,0+1,JBOD RAID function


1 x SATA 3Gb/s offer by Silicon Image 3132 to 0,1,0+1,JBOD RAID function


1 x SATA 3Gb/s offer by Silicon Image 3132





LAN


On board Dual PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/ 1000M Ethernet


Audio


On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC


Supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF Out


 


Internal I/O


1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB


1 x Ultra DMA 100/66/33 IDE connector


9 x SATA 3Gb/s connector


3 x USB header (support 6 ports)


1 x FP-Audio, 1 x CD-In


 


Back Panel I/O


1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse


Abit Silent OTES™


1 x S/P DIF In, 1 x S/P DIF Out,


1 x eSATA


7.1 CH Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)


4 x USB 2.0, 2 x RJ-45 LAN connector


 


RoHS


100% lead-free process and RoHS compliant


Form Factor


ATX form factor 305 x 245mm


PCB Color: Orange


 


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