nForce 650i SLI Shoot-Out: MSI P6N SLI vs Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI

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Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI - Specs and Features

Next in line, we have the Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI, which is part of the Fatal1ty Professional Series of products. Abit engineers designed this board with gaming in mind, but that doesn't mean you'll automatically be able to play like world champion fragger Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.

The Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI's feature list isn't quite as extensive as that of the MSI P6N SLI Platinum, but the Fatal1ty board costs almost $20 less. The Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI is definitely geared more towards someone who wants to build a streamlined yet solid home or LAN party gaming system.

  

Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI
Specifications & Features
CPU
• Supports LGA775 Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme, Pentium Dual-Core, Pentium Extreme Edition, Pentium D & Pentium 4 Processors with 1066/800MHz FSB
• PWM Designation provides high quality, efficient power

CHIPSET
NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Chipset

MEMORY
• 4 X 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 32GB
• Supports Dual channel DDR2 800/667/533 Un-buffered Non-ECC memory

EXPANSION SLOTS
• 2 x PCI-E x16 (The 2nd PCI Express x16 slot will operate at x8 mode when SLI Technology has been enabled)
• 2 x PCI-E x1
• 2 x PCI

ON-BOARD IDE / SATA
• NVIDIA® NF430: 4 x SATA 3Gb/s supports NVIDIA® MediaShield™ RAID with SATA RAID 0/1/0+1/5 and JBOD
• Two ATA 133/100/66/33 IDE connectors

AUDIO

• 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC
• Supports Auto Jack Sensing and optical S/PDIF Out
LAN
• Native Gigabit Ethernet controller supports 10/100/1000Mbit LAN connections


INTERNAL I/O
• 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB
• 2 x ATA 133/100/66/33 IDE connectors
• 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector
• 2 x USB header (supports 4 additional ports)
• 1 x FP-Audio
• Quick Power On & Reset buttons

BACK PANEL I/O
• 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
• 1 x S/P DIF Out
• 7.1 CH Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround)
• 4 x USB 2.0
• 1 x RJ-45 LAN connector

FORM FACTOR
• ATX form factor 305 x 245mm
• PCB Color: Red

ABIT ENGINEERED
• 100% Japanese Capacitors
• Low ESR, high ripple, conductive polymer aluminum solid state capacitors in all high frequency areas
• Quick Power On & Reset buttons
• Silent Cooling

When you open the box, you are immediately greeted by the board itself. It's under clear plastic, which actually makes for a rather nice presentation. Right next to the board, you will find the SLI connector, which in a way reminds you that this board was made for SLI gaming.

Not only is the Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI board itself simpler than the MSI P6N SLI Platinum, but its bundle is simpler than the P6N SLI Platinum's as well. The bundle consists of the following items: a driver/utility CD, a User Guide, a jumper settings guide/sticker, a note from Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, a rear I/O panel cover, one floppy cable, one IDE cable, four SATA cables, one SATA power cable, SLI connector and a bracket to hold the SLI connector in place.

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