Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboardccokeman -
Price: $329.99 USD
Can you tame the beast within? This fire-breathing beast of a motherboard will make all of your overclocking wishes and dreams come true! That's the challenge put forth by Abit. The IN9 32X-MAX is touted as the company's premiere 680i chipset mother board. It boasts features such as quad core support, true 32X SLI support, physics capabilities and silent OTES cooling for the motherboard chipsets. Being the latecomer to the 680i playing field, I have high hopes for this motherboard. Today we will be looking at one of Abit's newest socket 775 motherboards, the IN9 32X-MAX.
The Abit computer corporation was started back in 1989. In that time frame they have had many success stories, including being the fastest growing motherboard company in 1989 with sales in excess of $10,000,000 US. Following up that feat, in 2003 they saw sales increases of over 100 percent. Looking forward, Abit is designing its products with “Bulletproof Technology” to ensure a long-term positive experience for the end user.
The packaging of the motherboard shows the beast that we will be attempting to tame right on the top panel. The beast looks like a cross between a horse and dragon, it's different, but that's what sets Abit apart from the rest of the crowd. The back side of the box goes into detail about the features of the motherboard. This is something that I like since i am more of a visual person.
Opening the box cover we get a view of some more of the features of this board including the two extended SLI bridges and the included AirPace wireless card. A highlighted feature seen more and more is the heat pipe style, noiseless cooling solution for the chipsets and PWM circuit.
Finally, it's time to actually dig inside to see what we have. The motherboard comes in a clear covered box that appeared not to have any means of protecting the board during shipping. Not even a sheet of high density foam underneath for a bit of shock dampening.