Motherboard Installation

In this section we take the Abit AB9 Pro and set it up in a standard, popular ATX case to see if any of the design decisions made by the Abit engineers will affect the installation process or accessory usage. 

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Here I used a Cooler master Hyper 6+ heatsink, which is not a small heatsink by any means. When inserting RAM into the first DIMM slot, the Hyper 6+ cooler made it difficult to seat the RAM but this may only concern enthusiasts that use extremely large CPU coolers.

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This case, like most modern cases today, comes with front USB and FireWire headers, as well as a front panel sound connection.  The USB and Fire wire headers are well out of the way of other devices and make insertion relatively easy, even after most devices are installed. The front panel connector is placed on the bottom corner and is color coded making installation relatively easy as well.

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After installing the video card, here a 7800gtx with a dual slot cooler, you can see that one of the PCI-E X1 slots is obstructed. However with the overall lack of PCI-E X1 products available on the market makes this is hardly a concern.

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Here is the same setup with the all the power connections and data cables in place, which provides a perfect view for my issue with the floppy and IDE port placement. I had to disconnect the top optical drive from the case as the cable was too short in this full ATX case. Also, if you’re using both PCI slots it makes it difficult to install those cables on the board since the IDE connections are sandwiched between the slots.

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