Abit BE6 and BP6: badges extremely gifted BX
During the last months, the market of basic badges for microprocessors Intel has been characterized by a big monotony, owed fundamentally to the fact which current Pentium III does not need to work anything more that small adjustments in the BIOS of the badge. This situation is going to change in the future, with the arrival of the review of Pentium III Coppermine and his corresponding chipset, i820 I Walk, but those who could not or do not want to wait, can trust in some anxious manufacturer who introduces innovations for his account without consulting the giant Intel... as it has done ABIT with the BE6 and the BP6.
The BE6: general description
Since one sees in the photo that accompanies these lines, the BE6 seemingly is only another motherboard BX for Slot1... but only seemingly. If we notice a little, we will see that to the right there are four connectors for hard disk; two black connectors (IDE1 and IDE2) are the habitual ones in any motherboard for years, but: what sound two white connectors?
These two connectors are an absolute innovation on the market of basic badges: there are connectors IDE UltraDMA66, that is to say, connectors for hard disks that are capable of reaching a speed of 66 Mb / century data transmission This is precisely one of the innovations that the chipset is going to incorporate i820 Way, although nobody knows still safely when, since it has been postponed in several occasions, being improbable that we could buy badges with this chipset before October.
The incorporation of the UltraDMA66 is so significant that we will comment on it further on in depth, but for the time being be enough to say that thanks to these 4 connectors, we will be able to tune in up to 8 devices IDE... slightly more proper of the "professional" SCSI than of the "modest" IDE; but we will return already on this later.
The connectors codified by colors are another interesting aspect, something that very probably becomes standard in the future basic badges. The election of the colors would be debatable (a few tones miscellany of cake - chillón-chicle), but undoubtedly they will help the beginner in the topic, in addition to we are allowed to presume of the modern look of our motherboard.
Otherwise, the badge is very similar to the supersuccessful one BH6: a very compact size, a good distribution of components and the additional details (like for example a cable with temperature sensor) that differ to a badge "from mark" like the ABIT of the "generic" basic badges. And the fact is that as we always say, only one good chipset does not do a good motherboard, needs slightly more.
The BP6: description gene...: what is this?!!
No, his eyes do not cheat him: there are 2 sockets, 2, for 2 mikes. Gentlemen (and ladies, misses, gentlemen, - you, - grasp, -@s), be discovered before the first dual motherboard for Celeron PPGA in the whole world.
Some of them will wonder what we see of rare in that; good, simply that, according to Intel, the Celeron is not a mike with capacity multiprocessor (technically, that is not "SMP"). But ABIT, making use of his deep knowledge on the mikes Intel, and demonstrating once again his innovation capacity, it has achieved the almost impossible thing. The doubt stays how excellent ABIT relation will affect this to till now with Intel, since it is known that Intel does not wish the bargain sale Celeron to do shade to expensive Pentium II and III... but this is a problem of ABIT.
As the BE6, the BP6 includes two connectors UltraDMA66, which differ in his white color, and which for example there will allow us to mount the cheapest servant with up to 8 hard disks... "cheapest" compared with his equivalent in Pentium II and SCSI, skylight is.
The badge, of a relatively big size to be able to lodge two sockets, includes the same connectors of colors as the BE6, but the components distribution is slightly different; the connectors UltraDMA66 are placed in the right wing not to interfere with anything of the motherboard, what is a very good idea; nevertheless, the connectors normal IDE and that of the disk drive they remain just below, in line with at least 3 of the grooves PCI, what he might interfere with cards PCI of big length (more than 20 cm). It is not that it is a serious problem, the majority of the cards measures approximately 15 cm and we always have other grooves, but perhaps it might have been avoided.