small ABIT KN9 SLI Nforce 570 SLI Mainboard Review

Intel is getting all the limelight nowadays with their upcoming Core 2 Duo, but it’s fine time we shifted our attention back to AMD and the Socket AM2 Motherboards. Introducing the Abit KN9-SLI, based on the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset!!

box ABIT KN9 SLI Nforce 570 SLI Mainboard Review

AMD has been rather overshadowed by Intel as of late due to the launch of the Conroe and Allendale processors, but with the introduction of the AM2 socket and the proven overclockability of the Windsor core, we should not be neglecting this platform at all. The Abit KN9-SLI is a mainboard based on the Nforce 570 SLI chipset that’s tailored for the Mid-range budget gamer. It features a single chipset solution that enables SLI with 2 x8 slots. The KN9 SLI comes in a bright orange package as many of their previous boards do, and like many other manufacturers, Abit has adopted a heatpipe cooling system for their Nforce bsaed mainboards. Before we go any further, let’s take a look a the brief specifications of the KN9-SLI:

color=#006699>CPU Support

  • Supports Socket AM2 Processor with 2GHz system bus using Hyper Transport Technology
  • Supports AMD CPU Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology

color=#006699>Chipset

  • NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP

color=#006699>Memory

  • Four 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Supports Dual channel DDR2 800 ECC/non-ECC un-buffered memory

color=#006699>ABIT Engineered

  • ABIT SoftMenu? Technology
  • ABIT CPU ThermalGuard? Technology
  • ABIT Silent-OTES Technology

color=#006699>NVIDIA SLI Technology

  • Two PCI-Express X16 slots support NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface (electrically x8 in SLI)

color=#006699>Audio

  • On board 7.1 CH HD Audio CODEC (Realtek ALC883)
  • Supports auto jack sensing and optical S/P DIF Out

color=#006699>Dual GbE LAN

  • Dual NVIDI? Gigabit Ethernet with teaming

color=#006699>NV SATA 3Gb/s RAID

  • Supports 6 ports NV SATA 3Gb/s RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD

color=#006699>IEEE1394

  • Supports IEEE1394a (Firewire) at 400 Mb/s transfer rate

color=#006699>Expansion Slots

  • 2 x PCI Express x16
  • 2 x PCI Express x1
  • 2 x PCI

color=#006699>Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x Floppy port
  • 6 x SATA connectors
  • 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 connector
  • 3 x USB 2.0 headers
  • 2 x 1394 headers

color=#006699>Back Panel I/O

  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 4 x USB ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 LAN port
  • 1 x S/P DIF Out

color=#006699>Form Factor

  • ATX form factor 305 x 245mm