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HDMI output and AVIVO video processing in a micro ATX form factor with Fatal1ty branding

Universal abit has released the first enthusiast-targeted motherboard based on AMD’s RS600 ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 for Intel – the Fatal1ty F-I90HD. AMD released the chipset for notebooks in late August, however, AMD has been quiet about the desktop variant. Nevertheless, the Fatal1ty F-I90HD takes advantage of all of the Radeon Xpress 1250 for Intel’s features and packages it into a micro ATX form factor.

Universal abit’s Fatality F-I90HD supports all LGA775-based Intel processors including Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Pentium D and Pentium 4. Delivering power to the CPU are solid-state capacitors for completely stable voltage regulation. The Fatality F-I90HD also features 100% Japanese capacitors all around too. Four memory slots provide support for up to 16GB of DDR2-800/667/533 memory in dual-channel configurations.

The AMD ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 for Intel integrated graphics core features AVIVO technology. AVIVO on the ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 accelerates H.264 and VC-1 decoding in hardware, a perfect combination for digital home systems. Universal abit equips the Fatality F-I90HD with a single HDMI 1.2 video output. The HDMI video output is capable of resolutions up to 1080p; however, there is no mention of HDCP support.

Other notable features of the Universal abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD include four SATA 3.0Gbps, high-definition audio, Gigabit Ethernet and passive cooling.

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I thought Fatal1ty was for gamers...
By Rookierookie on 2/16/2007 12:25:57 PM , Rating: 3
The thought of Fatal1ty playing games on integrated graphics makes me giggle.

RE: I thought Fatal1ty was for gamers...
By bdewong on 2/16/2007 12:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking that too.
Also with so many items being branded with fatal1ty, I feel that it really has no meaning anymore. Especially with some of the items being just average. I'm sure it's great for his pocketbook but I wonder if the average consumer still sees the items as "special".

By OrSin on 2/16/2007 1:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not too sure his stuff was every special. He was pushing Intell when there stuff sucked. Personal I have not seen a single Fatboy board win any reviews. Just me but a name don't make it great.

RE: I thought Fatal1ty was for gamers...
By livelouddiefast on 2/16/2007 3:58:26 PM , Rating: 1
he's like the Chuck Norris of the video game world.
Even at 12 fps, he can still frag better than us, heck, he could even do it blindfolded and if his arms were chopped off.

I kid. What really makes me giggle is somewhere there was created a market for professional competitive video gamers... though i applaud their ability to make money

RE: I thought Fatal1ty was for gamers...
By xsilver on 2/16/2007 5:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
wasnt it urban legend that the elite game players play on 640x480 graphics because it affects the "hit boxes" displaying on the screen?

so integrated graphics IS for the SUPER ELITE F1TALITY gamer .. lol

By Pwnt Soup on 2/16/2007 5:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
no they played on lower rez for higher fps, the hit box's scale too screen rez and there is no advantage in modern games for low rez, other than higher frame rates.

Why is this important?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 2/16/2007 12:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Delivering power to the CPU are solid-state capacitors for completely stable voltage regulation. The Fatality F-I90HD also features 100% Japanese capacitors all around too.

Do the Japanese make better capacitors? I know a lot of Japanese electronics are the best, but when it comes to capacitors, does it really matter? And as for the capacitors serving the CPU rail, getting a stable power supply would help matters more than extra capacitors (in my opinion, that is).

RE: Why is this important?
By Operandi on 2/16/2007 12:43:33 PM , Rating: 3
It's a sign of quality, so yes it matters.

High-end boards and PSUs often have Japanese caps. Abit, Asus, AOpen, and Intel boards for example almost always have high-quality Japanese caps in all the important locations. The PSU side Seasonic is touted for using all Japanese in their PSUs (expect those built for Antec).

On the other hand boards with poor reputations are usually the ones that skimp on build quality and use low quality Taiwanese caps (ECS, PC Chips, Epox, ect.).

RE: Why is this important?
By R3MF on 2/16/2007 12:56:15 PM , Rating: 3
if you google search the words; Motherboard + Leaking + Capacitors, you will probably find thousands of links to disgruntled motherboard owners who ended up with knackered motherboards courtesy of manufacturers trying to do things on the cheap.

in the 90's there was a now famous case of industrial espionage where Taiwanese firms stole the formula for capacitor fluid from a top-flight japanese electronics company.

many taiwanese motherboard manufacturers used this formula in their boards which sold worldwide for a couple of years.
only problem was, they didn't properly copy the formula for the electrolyte so everybody's motherboard was burning out electroncially after a year or so because the capacitors leaked.

abit caught a lot of flack for this, and eventually owned up to it, but it affected most of the big taiwanese board makers.

so yes, it pays to advertise your boards as having high quality jap capacitors ever since then, or even better; all solid capacitors such as found on my Gigabyte P965 DS4 motherboard.

hope this helps

By PhantomKnight on 2/16/2007 12:22:02 PM , Rating: 1
I seriously thought that because of recent trouble with the high-end RS600 that this wasn't even goning to be considered on an Intel platform. Well now that it will make it, I now know what I'd be using for my HTPC, maybe even CarPC!!! (As an aside 1st!!! Usually don't even post a comment let alone a 1st post!!!)

RE: Awesome
By therealnickdanger on 2/16/2007 12:31:09 PM , Rating: 2
however, there is no mention of HDCP support

Hmm... This is literally the ONLY part of article that makes this seem like it wouldn't be a good buy. I'm even impressed with the integrated X700 - that's a pretty meaty GPU, I know it can play just about any current game at medium resolutions (no AA/AF) without issue. AVIVO acceleration is a huge plus as well.

I'd love clarification on the HDCP issue and to see a review of its OC abilities.

RE: Awesome
By stncttr908 on 2/16/2007 1:33:54 PM , Rating: 2
If it does, it would make this pretty much the ultimate HTPC board, especially paired with a Core 2 Duo...mmm...

By fishmonger12 on 2/16/2007 12:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
Any word on availability?

Question for Anh Huynh
By hellokeith on 2/16/2007 4:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Does the motherboard audio output on the HDMI port?

uatx lan box
By rika13 on 2/16/2007 6:37:33 PM , Rating: 2
actually this is something fatal1ty would use, throw this little bad boy in something like an q-pack or a thermaltake lanbox and drop an 8800gtx in and youll have a decent easily portable rig capable of kicking loads of ass

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