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Date of review: 28-May-1999
Type Of Review: Press
ABIT Announces the Release of the BP6, The World's First Dual Socket370 Motherboard!
Taipei, Taiwan, May 26th 1999-ABIT announces the release of the World's First Dual Socket 370 motherboard, the BP6. The ABIT BP6 doubly defies conventional limitations by offering both Dual Socket 370 and UDMA/66 on a BX chipset board, once again proving that with ABIT, "Yes, It's possible". The BP6 is based on the award winning design of ABIT's BX line of motherboards. All the great features of our flagship models have been kept, and a lot of amazing new features have been added.
What's different? The obvious difference the BP6 offers, which the BX chipset was not designed to support, is UDMA/66. Although the BX chipset was designed to be compatible with this specification, it is only capable of running at a maximum of 33 Mbytes/sec, thus offering no advantage over UDMA/33. With the help of specially designed ABIT hardware additions, the BP6 can support this specification at its intended 66 Mbytes/sec of data throughput. With the Ultra ATA/66 (Also known as Ultra DMA/66) specification, this new high-speed interface doubles the Ultra ATA/33 burst data transfer rate to 66.6 Mbytes/sec. The result is maximum disc performance using the curent PCI local bus environment. Ultra ATA/66 hard drives are 100 percent backward compatible with both Ultra ATA/33 and DMA and with existing ATA (IDE) hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and host systems and the Ultra ATA/66 protocol and commands are designed to be compatible with existing ATA (IDE) devices and systems.
With the BP6, ABIT is implementing our OnNow (STR/STD) Initiative which allows you to suspend your computer with out closing you're desktop applications, allowing you to find everything the way you left it while using a minimum of power. No need to close and reopen all those applications any more. The BP6 also supports up to 256 SDRAM modules, permitting up to 768MB of memory.
PC 99 Compliant
The BP6 is also among the first to proudly meet the coming PC99
specification. Connectors are color coded to be identified and hooked up easily.
What's the same?
ABIT's new BP6 has One AGP, Five PCI and Two ISA slots to handle all of your expansion needs. It also offers official support for Intel's newest Celeron® processors. Furthermore, it comes with the following features: all the specifications for AGP spec Rev. 1.0 for improved 3D graphics performance at a lower cost, APM/ACPI power management, USB, PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors,
CPU auto-detect, AWARD write protect anti-virus, Wake On LAN, Suspend to RAM, and hardware health monitoring. APM is there also which stands for Advanced Power Management. It is a feature rich power management function for a more energy efficient P.C. It includes Soft Power On/Off, Sleep, Suspend and Stand-By mode, Real Time Clock (RTC) Alarm and RTC Power On, and Modem Ring
On. The networking standards Wake On Lan (WOL) and Wake on Ring are also supported.
WinBond Hardware Monitoring
Winbond Hardware Doctor is a self-diagnostic system for PCs and must be used with Winbond chipsets. It protects PC hardware by monitoring several critical items including power supply voltages, CPU & system fan speeds, and CPU and system temperatures. Once any item is out of its normal range, a warning window will pop up and remind the user to take proper measures. It will protect PC
hardware by monitoring the most critical items. These items are important for the operation of the system, as errors may result in permanent damage of the PC.
Soft MenuT II
Included with the BP6 is ABIT's award winning Soft MenuT CPU configuration, Soft MenuT II. The BP6 implements Soft MenuT II technology that eliminates all jumpers on the mainboard that set CPU parameters, allowing end-users to easily and correctly install or upgrade their own CPU. The BP6 BIOS supports a wide range of external clock settings, multipliers from 2 to 8 and special PCI
and AGP clock dividers.
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