There are only a scant few Nvidia nForce 590 SLI platforms for Socket-AM2 on the market today, all showing off fairly similar designs and feature sets. Any motherboard based on this chipset will give you great performance with a pair of graphics cards, and Abit's entry is one of our favorite Socket-AM2 boards we've tested thus far. Abit has nailed their design, providing a solid feature set with no un-necessary frills and concentrating their focus on the hard-core gamer and overclocker.
While it's not particularly attractive to have a pro gamer's name tattooed over everything related to this motherboard, we do highly approve of the sleek red and black look which Abit has used for this motherboard. Beyond color, the design of the AN9 32X is excellent, maximizing airflow between SLI graphics cards, leaving plenty of space for large CPU coolers, and providing dedicated low-noise cooling for the chipset. We also like that Abit moved the audio jacks and CODEC off on to a separate PCB in order to provide additional jacks and decrease electrical noise.
Even more attractive is that Abit is selling this board for lower amounts than their competitors, while at the same time providing a comparable feature set. The Abit platform is missing things like WiFi, eSATA, and diagnostic LCD's, but the core feature set will match up with any other nForce 590 SLI board without question. Throw in a sleek design, excellent overclocking ability, and a nice bundle of extras, and you've got a very solid overall product. If you're looking to build an AMD based gaming system, the Fatality AN9 32X is a superb choice to base it off of. We're giving the Abit AN9 32X a strong 9 on the Heat Meter.