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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.