ABIT BE6-II: the definitive overclocking
UltraDMA66 in badge BX!
In this aspect the badge neither has evolved from the BE6, nor is missing that it does to him. There is one of the most scarce basic badges with chipset a BX that supports the new transference way for discs diros UltraDMA66, that allows to reach peaks of up to 66 MB/s (if the hard disk supports UltraDMA66 and it is the sufficiently rapid, clear thing).
After the chipset BX does not support this transference way, checker IDE would need to install a card to herself or, as in the BE6 and the BE6-II, a control chip IDE integrated to the motherboard, which avoids us to have one more utensil occupying place inside the computer.
On technology UltraDMA66 we have spoken in numerous occasions, for example here or here; only to mention that it turns out to be something quite useful, since he makes sure us that in this aspect we will not remain antiquated before time. And of course, controlers are included for all the Windows, controlers that are updated periodically in the ABIT web site.
Let's do overclocking, since
If we acquire a motherboard as the BE6-II, we cannot commit the heresy of wasting his enormous potential for the overclocking; it has big quality, has UltraDMA66... yes, in agreement; but there is nothing as to play to "my mike covers 2 MHz any more than yours"... A game that if one harms can finish with a "toasted" mike, does not forget it.
To be able to increase the bus MHz to MHz is something fabulous. For example, we buy a mike Pentium III, the cheap one (relatively) of 450 MHz, that nominally 4,5 should work to 100 MHz x. We put it in 100 MHz, see that it works... and now, MHz to MHz, up. Let's observe the following table:
The speeds of bus of this table are those who have the badges Slot1 with good capacities of overclocking (eye, someone do not have ANY overclocking option, the Intel is a sad example of badges anti-overclocking). Most of Pentium III 450 would support up to 110 MHz without problems, and it is possible that up to 112 MHz (although nobody assures that it should be obtained by all, etc, etc...).
But from 112 MHz problems begin appearing, for two factors: the proper severity of the overclocking (more than 12 %, that is to say, more than 54 MHz free) and the instability of the graphic card AGP (whose speed will be equal to that of the bus or 2/3 you depart from this one, as in this case). It is in this area where 1 MHz more or less represents an authentic luxury.
If also we use a graphic card PCI, we eliminate big part of the problem, and now everything will depend on the quality of the mike and of the fan that we possess, in addition to the interior temperature of the casing, of that of the room, of the quality of the memory (obviously, it will be better that it is PC133 or at least PC100 of mark)...
It will be able to control these factors thanks to the system of monitoring of the hardware (temperatures, speed of fans...) and the program to do it from Windows in addition to from the BIOS. It will have also the possibility (something essential for an overclocker) of programming an alarm on having come to temperatures of risk (more of 55ºC in a continued way, for example).
Certainly, someone will have thought: "Graphic card PCI? What I slow down!" Since not, for nothing. Still there exist a few cards high quality PCI, which are the Voodoo3. The difference of yield between the version AGP and the PCI is about an insignificant one 3 %, as it can be observed in this one comparative, and with this badge we can fit the PCI divisor to 1/2, 1/3 ó 1/4 of the speed of bus (with a 120 MHz bus, for example, if 120x1/3=40 MHz gives us problems we would use 120x1/4=30), what eliminates any possible problem.
Anyway, that there is not doubt that if he wants to get in the world of the overclocking, the BE6-II is (probably) the most suitable badge. Although not everything is to change the bus and to fit the latency of the cache memory, he will keep on needing a good fan... and a lot of luck.
How, which needs a conclusion? Of acueeerdo: if he wants to get in the world of the overclocking, the BE6-II is (probably) the most suitable badge. There me sounds this phrase, the truth...
Nevertheless, bear in mind that the badges with chipset i820 will not be late too much come to the market. These badges have an advantage on the BX, including the BE6-II: they allow to select a 1/2 divisor for the AGP, something completely impossibly with the chipset BX.
That makes them more adapted for Pentium III Coppermine with bus of 133 MHz (the B and EB), but neither it turns out to be slightly worrying; Pentium III E (Coppermine with 100 MHz bus) has a practically identical yield, and if we want to use a model with 133 MHz bus we will always be able to install a card 3Dfx Voodoo in format PCI (the Voodoo4 and 5 have already promised to be for PCI), what eliminates any problem.
If I was going to buy this badge, probably he would acquire a Celeron 400 (they are the cheapest) and a simple card, for example an Intel i740 (even more cheap). The badge in format Slot1 (that of the Pentium III/II), does not offer too many options to the being in the area of 66 MHz (that of the Celeron), but it is almost, almost sure that we will be able to use 75 MHz without much ado problem to obtain an adapter of Socket 370 to Slot1 (aparatitos that are about 2.000 pts), obtaining 450 MHz...
... it would use them one year or this way, and then it would put a Pentium III (that also overclockearía) and a Voodoo4/5, which by that time they will cost what now the Celeron and her i740. The entire cost would be relatively low, it would be always updated... and would spend it to me brilliantly doing the overclocking. I would do that; and you?