BE6-2 motherboard review
Posted by Adam
Klein on February 3, 2000
2 Slot 1 BX based motherboard
you remember my Abit BF6 review, you know that I thought of
the BF6 as a really solid board with features to make any
overclocker happy. The BF6 had something that made it very
special and that was the inclusion of the Softmenu 3 control
implemented in the BIOS of the motherboard.
3 allows the front side bus speed to be increased in 1MHz
increments. This allows for a person to push their CPU to
the max if they have willing components. The BE6-II includes
this feature and is very much like the BF6 that I reviewed
previously, so much the same that it actually uses the same
printed circuit board (PCB).
only main difference between the two would be the added
HighPoint ATA66 controller chip with IDE connections and one
less PCI slot compared to the BF6. I would recommend the
BE6-II over the BF6 only if the one using it also plans to
use an ATA66 compliant hard drives or plans to use one in
the future. If you donít, then get the BF6. The BF6 costs
a little less than the BE6-II due to the lack of the
HighPoint controller. In this review I used different CPUs
than when I tested out the BF6.
installation of the BE6-II was super easy on my part. This
was only due to the fact that I had the BF6 in the system
before installing the BE6-II. If your going to install a new
motherboard though. I would recommend a new OS install to go
with it, unless you are really good at manually setting up
hardware resources. When you do a fresh install of an OS
with the BE6-II the installation has a better chance to
correctly set up the resources. When I setup the BF6 I took
me a while to set the resources up, but I finally did it
without reinstalling the OS.
didnít even bother running my P3 450 CPU at default speed
when first getting into Windows. I set the bus speed to what
I knew was stable in the BF6 and that was 653MHz. 653MHz was
totally stable and didnít exhibit any weird problems. Thatís
one of the greatest things about Softmenu III. I can allow
you to set the CPU speed to just about anything. I lot of
motherboards have front side bus speeds from 140MHz to
can be a big jump for a CPU to take when overclocking.
Thanks to Softmenu III, I could use the 145MHz bus speed.
The Alpha cooler that I had on the CPU was modified so that
I could also use the first DIMM slot on the motherboard
without the cooler obstructing it. What I did was to cut the
second row of fins so that they were equal in length to the
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