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



Originally NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI chipset pleased us very much: excellent add-in capabilities, SLI technology support and outstanding overclocking potential. In other words, this product is a perfect alternative to NVIDIA 680i SLI chipset: the user for much smaller money received a motherboard with almost similar characteristics. However from the moment of release of nForce 650i SLI there has passed a lot of time, and the situation has considerably changed. In particular, there was Intel P35 chipset which surpasses nForce 650i SLI in add-in capabilities and overclocking potential. At that, motherboard manufacturers release all scale of products on P35, from high-end to cheap low-end. As a result, in an active of nForce 650i SLI there is only SLI support, which (meanwhile?) is exclusive for all NVIDIA chipsets. Even such advantage, as support of two ParallelATA channels isn't really the advantage: the prices for SerialATA-drives have completely made even to the price for PATA-drives.

All isn't so simple either with SLI technology: its use for low- and middle-end is economically unprofitable, as the combination of two such cards loses against single high-end card both with the price and with the productivity. And the person, who can afford high-end graphics card, can simply find 50 - $100 more and purchase a motherboard of higher class (i.e. on 680i SLI). Therefore, the target group for motherboards on 650i SLI has sharply reduced, but it does not prevent manufacturers from representing newer and newer products. This time the matter concerns Abit Company and its spring novelty Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI.

Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI specification


abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI

CPU

- Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott (2M)/Gallatin) with bus frequency 1066/800/533 Mhz
- Double-Core Intel Pentium D (Smithfield/Presler) with bus frequency 800 Mhz
- Double-Core Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe/Allendale) with bus frequency 800/1066/1333 Mhz
- Quad-Core Intel Core Quad with bus frequency 1066/1333 Mhz
- Intel Celeron-D (Conroe-L/Prescott) with bus frequency 533/800 Mhz
- Support of Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale with bus frequency 800/1066/1333 Mhz
- Socket LGA775
- Support of CPUs with HyperThreading technology

nVidia nForce 650i SLI chipset

- Northbridge nForce 650i SLI (C55)
- Southbridge nForce 430i (MCP51)
- Connection between bridges: HyperTransport bus (800 Mhz)

System memory

- Four 240-pin slots for DDR-2 SDRAM DIMM
- Maximum memory volume 8 Gb
- A double-channel memory access is possible
- Support of DDR2-400/533/667/800 type memory
- Power indicator on the motherboard

Graphics

- Two PCI Express x16 (SLI: 8+8) slots

Expansion capabilities

- Two 32-bit PCI Bus Master slots
- Two PCI Express x1 slots
- Eight USB 2.0 ports (4 built-in + 4 additional)
- Built-in 8-channel sound system
- Gigabit Ethernet network controller

Overclocking capabilities

- Changing of FSB frequency from 100 to 750 Mhz with 0,25 Mhz step; changing of multiplier factor
- Changing of CPU, RAM, chipset (nb) voltage and VTT
- Abit SoftMenu technology

Drive subsystem

- Two UltraDMA133/100/66/33 Bus Master IDE channels(supports up to 4 ATAPI-devices& RAID 0, 1, 0+1)
- Support of SerialATA II protocol (4 channels - nForce 650i SLI IE, with RAID support)
- Support of LS-120 / ZIP / ATAPI CD-ROM

BIOS

- 4 Mbit Flash ROM
- Award Phoenix BIOS supporting Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features and Trend Chip Away Virus
- FlashMenu support

Other

- One FDD port, ports for PS/2 mouse and keyboard
- Power LED on the motherboard + reset and power buttons
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- SPDIF Out

Power management

- Wake-on from modem, mouse, keyboard, network, timer and USB
- 24-pin ATX (ATX-PW) power connector
- Additional 4-pin power connector
- Additional 4-pin Molex power connector

Monitoring

- Monitoring of CPU, system and power unit temperature, voltage monitoring, determination of speed of 4 fans
- FanEQ function

Size

- ATX form factor, 244x305 mm (9,63" x 12")

Package set:

  • a motherboard;
  • CD with software and drivers;
  • user's guide in English + congratulation from Fatal1ty;
  • one ATA-133 cable and FDD cable;
  • four SerialATA cables;
  • a label with the jumper scheme;
  • a gag for case back panel;
  • SLI-connector + amplifying slat.
    Though the package set looks poorly, but as a whole it corresponds to the price.

    Summary

    Let's begin with that to a technical aspect of a motherboard we practically had no claims. The only thing to find fault with is the difficulties in overclocking. However practical results are quite fair, and after small BIOS redesign the motherboard abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI can quite overcome the FSB boundary = 500 MHz. This frequency is limiting for the majority of the motherboards on NVIDIA chipsets having been tested by us.

    Further - the motherboard's expansion capabilities are standard: there is no even Firewire controller (though it is provided by PCB design). Thus, for economical users the motherboard abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI is one of variants to choice. But the combination "economy" and "using of high-end-graphics cards in SLI" sounds very strange. And if the user is not going to use SLI, the motherboards on Intel P35 chipset look much more attractive.

    However, the motherboard's retail price is still unknown, and it is quite possible, that by price/quality ratio Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI will win against competitors on P35.

    Conclusion

    Advantages:
  • Excellent stability and productivity;
  • SLI technology support (two PCI Express x16 slots);
  • SerialATA support (four channels SATA II - nForce 650; RAID);
  • ParallelATA support (two channels - nForce 650);
  • Gigabit network controller;
  • USB 2.0 interface support (eight ports) and 8-channel sound.

    Defects:

  • Not discovered.

    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI on NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Motherboard features:

  • Powerful, but rough overclocking functions; fair results (FSB = 480 MHz);
  • Power and Reset buttons;
  • The motherboard's price is still unknown.


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