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Abit BH6-BX6-BM6 and Celeron socket 370


Recently I contacted an employee of Abit (one of the principal manufacturers of basic badges) that believed that it might be interesting to me to receive information about his products. The idea seemed interesting to me, not only for the fact that the above mentioned badges enjoy a good reputation, but because it already saw necessarily to do an article that was reflecting the interesting advances that have taken place in the paragraph of the basic badges.

And the fact is that in these times in which 99,99 % of the chipsets of the badges for Pentium II is a mark Intel, interesting knowledge turns out to be the porqué of the big difference of price that can exist between two badges of the same format, provided with the same chipset... but that they are not equal by no means, especially in the price.

Abit BH6: the badge all area

The BH6 is an ideal badge for the average user who wants a quality badge but he does not need to have a checker integrated SCSI does not even support for any more than one processor. The fundamental characteristics of this badge are:

Abit BH6
  • Format ATX: nowadays it is the absolute standard in badges Pentium II. It turns out to be debatable if it is clearly superior to the outstanding figure Baby-AT, but there is no doubt that the biggest integration of the components turns out to be positive since it limits the jumble of cables and connectors that were making impossible to install a memory module without almost tearing the computer to pieces.
    At present we can say that the scheme of installation of components of this badge, with the connectors for discs in an end and the socket for the mike (in this case the Slot1) removed from the slots for cards, happens in 99 % of the badges ATX and even in most of the modern Baby-AT.
  • Chipset Intel BX: at present the best of the chipsets for Pentium II and the only advisable option, since apart from having a slightly higher yield it is the only one capable of handling the 350 MHz mikes or more, allowing future enlargement of the computer.
  • Slots: 1 AGP, 5 PCI, 2 ISA; one is PCI/ISA to be shared, as what we will have 4 PCI and 2 ISA or 5 PCI and 1 ISA. The tendency is clear: less and less slots ISA; from the appearance of sound cards and modems PCI they are in frank decline, therefore it is supposed that they will disappear shortly, perhaps in one year.
    The slot AGP is compatible with the way 2x and his speed can fit to 100 % or to 66 % of that of the bus (useful for overclocking). The intelligent design of the badge allows to install very long cards without problems of space.
  • 3 sockets DIMM of 168 contacts for memory. The low price and good services of the SDRAM are imposed in all the ambiences, being more and more difficult to find modules SIMM or badges that there them support even on the market socket 7 (that of the Pentium MMX and AMD K6-2).
    To emphasize that these 3 sockets allow a 384 MB theoretical capacity using 128 MB modules, but the scarcity of big modules and the very low compatibility between them makes advisable to think about a practical maximum of 192 MB quite reasonable (quantity) using 64 MB modules; and of course, preferably of the type PC100 100 MHz (normalized SDRAM), the only one adapted for mikes to 350 MHz or more, whose price is already almost indistinguishable of that of the normal SDRAM.
  • Configuration of the CPU for software: in particular by means of the program SoftMenu II, which allows to select from the BIOS the voltage, the bus of badge and the multipliers or leave that I autodetected them, without need to have to fight with jumpers not even switches.
    Also, the possibilities in this respect are very high: speeds of 66, 75, 83, 100, 112, 124 and 133 MHz bus, in addition to voltages superior to the face-values, what does an ideal badge to realize overclocking, obtaining a fantastic extra yield of cheap mikes as the Celeron; for example, putting 333 MHz that (66x5) to 75x5=375 MHz.
  • Support ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power management Interface, interface for the advanced configuration and the control of the energy), what allows to control the power supply by means of Windows 98, being able to set the computer in pendent way (stand - by) like the TV sets or to light or to extinguish the computer for software (for example for night maintenance), answer to fax calls or ignite on having got connected to a network.
  • Support for disk drive LS-120: what allows to do completely without this piece of junk that is the disk drive of 3,5 " and put in his place one of these disk drives of 120 MB compatible with the 1,44 MB normal diskettes.
  • Control panel of temperature and fan, what avoids the hangs for superheat of the mike due to an incorrect functioning of the fan or an excessive voltage.
  • Connector SB-Link to be able to use sound cards PCI under TWO. It is a question of one of the most recent added ones for basic badges; if our sound card is ISA or we use only programs for Windows it does not serve for anything, but if one of the recent SoundBlaster is 64 PCI, for example, it turns out to be an essential added one for the programs based on TWO (as there are still a lot of games).

Of course, also it possesses other more habitual characteristics like 2 ports USB, UltraDMA, port of infrared, etc. Finally, a mark badge completes at a quite interesting price, with good characteristics both for the average user and for the interested parties in doing overclocking.

Abit BX6: to the maximum of memory

Abit BX6

This badge is the predecessor of the BH6, with whom he shares big part of the design. Although it is not so recent as the BH6, it is not a question by no means of a badge desfasada as for characteristics. His principal differences with the BH6 are:

  • 4 sockets DIMM of 168 contacts for memory, with a 512 MB theoretical capacity using 128 MB modules. Again it is convenient to think about a 256 MB real capacity using the 64 MB most common and compatible modules.
  • Slots: 1 AGP, 4 PCI, 3 ISA, all of them capable of admitting cards of big size.
  • SB-Link lacks connector.

In general it is a question of an ideal badge for all those that have big needs for memory, like the users of programs of CAD or treatment of images, as well as for those who need 3 slots ISA for having cards of this type of those who could not (or want) to become detached.


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