Abit SH6 review

Intel haven’t been doing too well in recent times have they ? With the problems with their RDRAM supporting motherboards & not to mention the lack lustre performance of costly RDRAM itself, Intel have found themselves in something of a hole, seemingly aided by a JCB into further deepening their considerable pit. With only the flawed SDRAM supporting VIA based motherboards to help them out. Still, with the release of Intel’s I815 based motherboards perhaps they can reclaim some lost ground.

Amongst the pack of I815 based motherboards, 1 stands out amongst all others – Abit’s SH6. This being for the simple reason that it is the only one that still supports Slot 1 processors. So, has Abit's SH6 got what it takes ? Read on.


Here are the specifications for the Abit SH6. The SH6 is the only Slot 1 i815 motherboard available. The SH6 includes integrated audio & graphics features such as AC'97, 2X 3D Graphics Acceleration as well as an AGP Slot & a CNR Slot. With a 133MHz FSB, Ultra UDMA 100 support for up to 4 IDE devices, AIMM module support, AGP4X & SoftMenu™ III, the SH6 is loaded with power.

1. Supports Intel Pentium® II/!!! slot1 processor up to 1GHz based on 100MHz & 133MHz FSB

2. Supports Intel Celeron slot1 processor up to 733Mhz based on 66MHz FSB

1. Intel 815E (ICH2) chipset

2. Supports 66/100/133MHz(Front Side Bus)

3. Supports AGP 1X/2X/4X (Sideband) 1.5/3.3V device.

4. Supports Advanced Configuration & Power Management Interface (ACPI)

5. Supports Ultra ATA/100, Ultra ATA/66, Ultra ATA/33 mode.

1. Chipset integrated AGP 2X 3D graphics acceleration.

2. Support AIMM (AGP In-line Memory Module)

1. Four 168-pin DIMM sockets support SDRAM module

2. Supports up to 512MB MAX. (64, 128, 256MB SDRAM)

3. Support 100MHz, 133MHz SDRAM interface


1. AC'97 2-channel Audio CODEC on board

2. Audio driver included

System BIOS

1. CPU SOFT MENUIII technology & DIP switch function.

2. Award Plug & Play BIOS supports APM, DMI

3. Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS.

Multi I/O Functions

1. 2 channels bus Master IDE Ports support Ultra DMA 33/66/100 (up to 4 devices)

2. PS/2 Keyboard & PS/2 Mouse Connectors

3. 1 Floppy Port (up to 2.88MB)

4. 1 Parallel Port (EPP/ECP)

5. 2 Serial Ports

6. 2 USB Connectors

7. On board USB header for 2 extra USB channels

8. 1 standard 15 pin VGA connector.

9. Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in, & Game Port)

1. ATX form factor

2. 1 Universal AGP slot, 6 PCI slots & 1CNR slot

3. Hardware Monitoring - Including Fan speed, Voltages, CPU & System temperature & 1 thermal header for other devices temperature monitoring

4. Keyboard & Mouse Power On

5. Built-in Wake on Lan / Wake on Modem header

6. Digital Video out interface supports digital display or TV out (Option)

7. Built-in IrDA TX/RX header

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