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Review: abit KN9 SLI - nForce 570 SLI

by Steve Kerrison on 11 July 2006, 15:47

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Abit KN9 SLI specification

We've highlighted the main differences between NVIDIA's nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI in a previous article. The gist of it is that the 570 SLI, while mostly just as capable as its bigger brother, isn't quite so geared towards enthusiasts. Still, we don't see why a manufacturer couldn't put some effort into making a lower-cost enthusiast's board around this chipset.

On to the KN9 SLI, then. Will it have what it takes to appeal to an enthusiast, despite its chipset, or will it simply sit as a board for the gamer?

Board feature Implementation
Chipset NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP (single chip)
CPU support All socket AM2 processors:
Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 and Sempron
RAM DDR2 400/533/667/800
8GiB total, 4 slots
Graphics Support PCI Express:
2 PEG x16 slots (electrical, x8 in SLI)
PCI Express2 x PCIe x1
PCI Conventional2 x PCI
Networking2 x NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet with NVIDIA DualNet
FireWire 2x FW400 headers
AudioRealtek ALC883; HD Audio, 10-channel (7.1+2)
Jack-sensing, optical TosLink digital out
USBnForce 570 SLI MCP
10 ports USB2.0; 4 on I/O panel + 3x 2-port headers
Disks6 SATA300, 1 ATA133 IDE, RAID0,1,0+1,5

The majority of the specification is courtesy of the nForce 570 SLI MCP. Notice the presence of just one ATA133 channel, such is the trend with the latest generation of chipsets. Perhaps we can soon wave goodbye to those ribbon cables? If you count up the number of PCI and PCIe slots, you'll reach six. The ATX spec allows for seven. Flick over to the next page to see if we can determine a reason for this.