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Item#: N82E16813127008

ABIT KN9 ULTRA AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

  • NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP
  • Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
  • DDR2 800
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  • Anonymous
  • 7/19/2007 2:34:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNearly Perfect Motherboard

Pros: Perfect layout, Works Flawlessly right out of the box. Who needs SLI,,,One of the best Abit has come out with in about 2 years. Too bad they didn't come out with a AN9 ULTRA with GURU.

Cons: Would have been perfect if it had 3 PCI's instead of 2.

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  • chad h.
  • 6/3/2007 3:58:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood value

Pros: Everything i need in a non-sli gaming system. Alot easier to install then the name brand boards.

Cons: Little room for ram with heatsinks.

Other Thoughts: For the price perfect.

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  • Jackie M.
  • 5/10/2007 12:52:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Been using this Board with a dual core processor and 4 gigs of RAM. Everything is working great. Lots of overclocking options. the Quiet and Cool technology rocks!

Cons: Had to flash the BIOS when I had problems at Build time. The version i received had an issue that would make the board poweroff at random times. flashed to the updated version and no problems since.

Other Thoughts: memory sticks with overerly wide heat spacers may not fit. Corsairs XMS2 series fits fine.

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  • Drew A.
  • 4/19/2007 8:29:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood buy

Pros: Works with the cheap RAM I put in it, Solaris Express installs and runs just fine, good disk throughput and dual lan all make for a great file server platform. I'm getting annother one for my new desktop because I like it and I know that SLI is just a gimmick.

Cons: I can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: Came with a giant mousepad. It may be bigger than the board itself.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2007 3:41:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsKN9 Ultra NICE

Pros: Has all the goodies for great price. Nice board for those who know SLI is just a waste of money. Works well, sure you got to tweek abit, but all works fine.

Cons: No cons for Product but Cons for Reviewers that just plain don't know what they are doing or talking about. Like the guy that says Bad Q&A because of no PCIE Power plug. The only KN9 series that comes with one is the KN9 SLI. This board does not come with it and doesn't need it either. Think before you write People!

Other Thoughts: So many good products get such a Bum Rap because people don't do their research, or just plain shouldn't be doing system building. ABIT does have a website with all the info and even can download the manual and look before buying. AND there are Forums too there.

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  • Zachary C.
  • 4/17/2007 10:41:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: dual gigabit, lots of sata ports, optical sound connection, firewire.

Cons: no serial/parallel ports

Other Thoughts: I had regular Linux crashes until I updated the BIOS. The BIOS from January contains some specific Linux fixes. Now everything is working great.

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  • Francis F.
  • 4/10/2007 11:28:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCaution Overclockers

Pros: This is a well designed, well constructed motherboard with a robust set of features, including excellent PC-health monitoring and fan-control features, as well as good (but not great) overclocking features. Abit's Silent OTES (Silent Outside Thermal Exhaust System) is very effective ii sinking heat from the MCP55 chip and carrying it away from both the chip itself and also your PCI-E graphics card (which, more often than not, is already hard-pressed to stay cool).

Cons: Only one IDE controller, but that's a consequence of the NVIDIA MCP55-Ultra single-chip chipset. Also, the audio drivers on the CD didn't work under Win XP Pro SP2. However Realtek's newer WHQL High Definition audio drivers seem to work just fine. (They can be downloaded at http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/SOUND-CARD/REALTEK/) But most importantly (to me), this board has a pervasive USB/PCI I/O timing problem that has not yet been fixed to the satisfaction of serious overclocker's and performace enthusiasts (like myself). Specifically, with a 2.8 ghz FX-62 or even a 2.6 ghz Athlon 64 5000 series processor installed along with fast (800 mhz) RAM, the system will neither boot nor shut down properly, whenever USB is enabled and a USB device is attached. This problem was addressed in BIOS update 1.3, but Abit's "fix" only works with the default, 200 mhz HT setting. Once you start raising your HT bus, the problem is resurrected as ugly as ever, and persists even through BIOS update 1.7.

Other Thoughts: To have the Silent OTES, you give up a Parallel Port. So, for those (like me) with a printer or scanner that uses one, you'll need a USB-to-Parallel adapter cable. For high-end CPU users and overcockers, an immediate BIOS flash to at least 1.6 will be a must-do. Also, for those serious about overclocking, all the tools are there, but you won't be able to boot out of BIOS or do a Windows Restart or restart with a CTRL-ALT-DEL (in DOS) or boot from a soft power-off, whenever USB is enabled. The only way you'll be able to boot with USB enabled and USB devices attached is to boot from a hard-off, that is, by removing power (i.e. 5 volt STBY) from the board for at least 15 seconds. You can find the history of BIOS updates for this board here: http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/bios_revision.php?categories=1&model=316

I have my 2.6 ghz Atholon 64 X2 5200+ overclocked very stably to 2.816 ghz, using Super Talent 800 mhz RAM (T800UXGC4), with my HT speed at 256 x 4.

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  • Mark F.
  • 4/7/2007 5:54:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Factory QA

Pros: Don't know yet.

Cons: Board showed up missing connector for PCIE power (ATX4PI). Can't put juice to it until a new board gets here.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/3/2007 10:38:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGlad I went for it

Pros: Fast, cool PCB color, booted right up the first time. Stable once you get the correct drivers installed.

Cons: The only con I MAY be able to attribute to the board is sound. After installing driver version 1.61 I finally got sound. After farting around with every possible setting having to do with sound, the volume control must be at or near max to hear anything from average desktop speakers. But, I`m a relative noob, and probably effed something up.

Other Thoughts: I flashed BIOS to the KN9_18 one, and the sound "problem" remains. Since hooking the PC to the LCD TV in my room (its intended location)the sound isn`t a problem at all. Perhaps my desktop speakers suck, not real sure. I`m going to investigate the sound issue further once I have the gumption. However, the BIOS flash did cure one problem...CPU usage at idle. The CPU was idling at 45-50% before the flash! I`ve had no other problems whatsoever other than making typical noob mistakes involving drivers & such. The board is rock stable and fast. It`s the first NVIDIA-chipped PC I`ve ever owned, and also the fastest. To this board I added a 4800 2.4ghz X2 Windsor (NOT Brisbane), 1 gig of Kingston 1.8V DDR2 800, a modest Gigabyte 7600 GS, and a 450W Scythe Kamariki II PSU. I`m happy I didn`t get the MSI K9A Platinum...this board is fantastic. Don`t let the negative reviews influence you, if I can get this thing running, pretty much anyone can.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2007 8:45:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Board runs great. ABIT is among the highest in quality. The board layout is really nice. Mostly SATA. No Legacy I/O ports (Serial, LTP ect) The Chipset won’t interfere at all with a PCI-E 16x graphics card, its set enough away.

Cons: The only true downside is that it is not yet advertised as Vista Ready. I’m not running Vista on this board, so I can not vouch for its compatibility. I’m sure ABIT will release updated drivers soon enough for it. If you’re going to use this board with a small case, the SATA ports are in a harder to get at spot when you have many hard drives.

Other Thoughts: Despite people saying DDR2 800 not working with this board, my Kingston HyperX works fine in it, I’ve never had a problem with Kingston. This is a good buy. If you’re thinking about something else, forget it and get this.. Unless you’re looking for SLI.

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