3 Abit Fatal1ty FP IN9 SLI 650i Motherboard

4 Abit Fatal1ty FP IN9 SLI 650i Motherboard

We start exploring the board from the bottom right. Right at the corner, you have the convenient Power On/Off and Reset Buttons, even though this is not a MAX board, Abit was generous enough to place the buttons so welcomed by Enthusiasts onboard. Right above the 2 small buttons is the CMOS Reset jumper, which I think is actually pretty well-placed, since it clears the path of any potential graphics cards or PCI expansion cards. A non-MAX board means that it does not have the convenience of the Clear CMOS switch at the Rear Panel.

Then comes the 4 SATA ports in red, and above them lie the BIOS chip. Very nearby of course is the CMOS battery.

9 Abit Fatal1ty FP IN9 SLI 650i Motherboard

Then the Southbridge, lying very close to the secondary PCI-E Graphics port, with a black heatsink overlaying. This thin heatsink gets just a little warm during running and is more than sufficient to cool the Southbridge properly.

10 Abit Fatal1ty FP IN9 SLI 650i Motherboard

Towards the East of the Southbridge, you see the 2 IDE Connectors facing outwards.

5 Abit Fatal1ty FP IN9 SLI 650i Motherboard

You would have already noticed that instead of an electronic switch to toggle between PCI-E Lanes of x16 or x8 x8, this board uses a physical SLI Switch Card to switch PCI-E routing, much like other 650i SLI boards. Flip it around to select between Single VGA or Dual VGA SLI Mode.

 

8 Abit Fatal1ty FP IN9 SLI 650i Motherboard

Look at the Expansion slot layout a little more carefully, you see that the PCIE 1x slot comes on top, followed by the primary Display card PCI-E slot, with a PCIE 1x slot coming next after 2 slot spacing. The secondary PCIE graphics port lie 3 slots away from the primary, and is then followed close with 2 PCI slots. So if you have a dual slot card SLI configuration, you get the last PCI slot available to plug in something like a sound card. I like the catch of the 2 PCI-E slots, very easy to unlock and remove cards even in cramped positions. At the very bottom, the Floppy Connector is placed, awkward position if you use a Floppy Drive, but for many who don’t, this puts the unnecessary port at an isolated and ignored spot.