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      15.12.2000 02:16
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      This is one of my favourite motherboards, for the slot Pentium II & III chips, as it is a great board, with a load of really good features for the over clocker. Firstly, the board is available in two flavours. One with a High Point UDMA 66 Hard disk controller, and the other with a UDMA 100 controller, giving you to get the most from today's newest Hard disks. For the over clocker, being an ABIT board, it features their wonderful Bios configuration system, which allows you to change, clock multipliers, bus speeds and voltages through the bios. So you don't have to worry about dip switches and jumpers! This feature makes it so easy to up the speed of your processor. However the board I have does not feature PC 133 SDRAM, however a bios upgrade may be available at some point. There is also a lack of AGP 4x support. On the plus, in conjunction with the superb soft menu bios system, the manual is great, being very comprehensive, covering every possible thing which you want to know. This board is however getting a bit long in the tooth, as it is based around Intel's older BX chipset. When the 810 chipset was released, the BX still ruled, however not Intel has unleashed the second revision of their 815 chipset, the 815E and VIA are making some superb chipsets in the form of their various KT133 chips, so the days of the BX board may be numbered. However if you are looking for a SLOT board to over clock an old processor with this is the one to go for. But if you are looking at building a PC from the ground up go with a socket board based around the 815E or VIA chipset, or wait until the Pentium IV and Intel 850 boards become available, and remember that because the P4 chip has more than 400 pins, which ever PPGA board you buy today wont take a P4.

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        12.12.2000 20:40

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        I bought this board in Dec '99 (Version 1 board with HPT 366 UDMA chip)when I had a PII-350. Even then it was cool as I could increase the bus speed by 1Mhz increments to reach 433Mhz nice and stable. I then Sold the proccessor and bought a slot 1 PIII-750. Even though it was a BX based board, with the latest BIOS (Revision UH) it will go up to 1Ghz as it supports the lower voltages. I've got the proccessor up to 863Mhz stable with a slot 1 Golden Orb cooler. As I added new drives I enabled the on board UDMA-66 controller. This was the main pain in the butt as the controller shares an IRQ with slot 3 and 5 (I think!), then there is slot 2 which shares with 5, leaving only 4 with a non shared IRQ shared. Also it is fussy about the drives it has connected (either UDMA33 or 66) I may not be singing it's praise but I have the original version and I think most of these problem have been sorted out with version 1.2 and 2.0.

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        12.10.2000 05:07
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        I have had this motherboard for nearly a year and have found it to be excellent. It was the first motherboard that I had attempted to fit myself and it went in without any problems. I bought it with a PIII 500 CPU and the setup was a chinch as this M/B uses the softmenu method of setting CPU speeds, so no messing with jumpers. The motherboard can be set for PII/III CPU’s upto 600 MHz (although later versions, and this one with a BIOS update can go higher in the softmenu – 800 Mhz I believe). There are options to go higher by using a manual setting and the FSB (Front Side Bus – the speed of the motherboard) can be set from 83MHz to 200MHz going up in increments of 1). One major advantage to this M/B is the ability to plug in up to 8 EIDE devices (CD-ROM/Writers or Hard-Drives) if you have room in the case and the PSU will handle it. Two of the EIDE slots are ATA/33 and the other two are ATA/66 (with a suitable cable supplied). Also on the motherboard are 3 x DIMM memory slots, 1 x AGP slot, 5 x PCI sots and 2 x ISA slots. When installing a ATA/66 hard drive I was disconcerted to find the BIOS did not recognise it, and when the BIOS looks for hard drives upon booting it couldn’t find a drive (only the CD-ROM). I then found out it is not set in the BIOS, but the HPT366 controller detects it on the screen after the hard drives are normally detected – and it runs fine. All in all an excellent motherboard, and ABIT have a very good website for finding out information and obtaining updates.

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