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Last updated: 7/14/2000

bh6.jpg (49860 bytes)The Abit BH6 motherboard is easy to install and is absolutely stable with a 450 Mhz Pentium III processor.  Everything about it--layout, capacitors, packaging, and the user manual--rings of quality.  An inadequate system monitoring function and not enough ISA slots are the only real negatives.  The jumperless CPU installation makes installing this board as simple as a single sentence:

Mount the CPU and heatsink support, plug-in the fan, pop-in the memory, attach the motherboard with six standoffs and six screws, plug-in the ATX power connector, attach the front panel connectors, remove the expansion slot cover and plug-in an AGP video adapter, plug-in the keyboard and monitor, plug-in the power cord, turn-on the power switch, press the Delete key to get into the CMOS setup, set the CPU speed, and save and exit.

After the drives are connected and the Standard CMOS has been set, Windows 98 has installed on all of the computers I've built with this motherboard each time, the first time without a glitch.   To date, in the field, the board has performed flawlessly.  I like the results: no trouble calls and happy customers.


ltblball.gif (377 bytes) PnP CPU.  If there is something I really like about Abit motherboards it is the lack of jumpers.  All of the CPU settings, except the speed, which is easily set in the CMOS setup, are done automatically .  There is only one, well-located jumper on the board and that one is used to clear the CMOS.

ltblball.gif (377 bytes) Layout.  The BH6 has a clean, well-organized layout.  Everything, front panel connectors, DIMM slots, CPU, and I/O is conveniently located where it should be.  The board is small enough that it only takes six screws to attach it to an ATX chassis.

ltblball.gif (377 bytes) Silk-screening and labeling.  Silk-screening on this board is good; however, it is somewhat ambiguous where one really needs good labels.  During the first couple of installs, I had to refer to the user manual to plug-in the front panel connectors--no big deal.

ltblball.gif (377 bytes) Chipset. The board uses the Intel BX440 (82443BX and 82371BX) chipset.  Contrary to the above picture, the 83443BX chip, next to the CPU, has a heat sink on it.

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