When we got our hands on abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI mainboard we were planning to perform a set of benchmarks on it. We were not planning to compare its performance against that of mainboards on other chipsets because we have already done it in out article called Nvidia nForce 650i SLI Chipset and only $130: ASUS P5N-E SLI Mainboard Review. At that time we looked at mainboards based on AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200, Intel 975X Express, Intel P965 Express, Nvidia nForce 650i SLU and Nvidia nForce 680i SLI chipsets, so we already have a pretty decent performance picture. AT this time we were primarily interested in the following:
- Will there be the same performance jumps like the ones we have discussed in our article called abit IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi Mainboard on Nvidia nForce 680i SLI Chipset?
- Is there a FSB Hole?
- When does the FSB Strap switch and what are the consequences?
Unfortunately, the supported frequency range from the nominal 266MHz to 375MHz didn’t give us the opportunity to find answers to all these questions.
If we take another look at the results obtained during our work with abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI mainboard, then we will see clearly that everything went on very well at first. The board is shipped in a neat and sturdy package, is accompanied with decent set of accessories, has very smart and thorough PCB layout design, great theoretical BIOS features… Unfortunately, everything changed drastically when we started our practical tests. 375MHz FSB is a very low result, which is hardly acceptable for an overclocking-friendly solution. Moreover, we can’t recommend this mainboard even to those users who will not overclock processors at all, because the mainboard doesn’t support Command Rate 1T setting increasing the memory performance and power saving technologies.
We hope that new BIOS versions will be able to resolve many of these issues. We will keep our eyes on it for you, so stay tuned.
P.S.: We received an email from abit representative informing us that there are beta BIOS versions that should any day become “release-candidates”. They have the overclocking problems fixed. And the upcoming BIOS versions due in a few weeks should be free from the “1T issue”. We recommend to the owners of abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI to check the availability of new BIOS versions more often.