The UPS box from Abit arrived
without much fanfare. In fact, I was left distressed for the
next day considering the major hassle of dismantling my daily
work system to evaluate a product. The uncertainty and dread
of taking apart a healthy PC dawned on me. It better be worth
it, I thought.
the package revealed nothing surprising. It had an invoice, an
info kit about the BX6-2.0, a brochure (the type you get at
exhibitions) and a blue cardboard box containing the mainboard
and its retail content.
there were a pair of HDD and FDD IDE, CPU cartridge
retention mechanisms, a CPU-temp probe thermistor, thick
II booklet, software CD containing bus-mastering drivers and hardware monitoring utilities,
and the motherboard itself.
- Wowzers! Yes, that is the word I will use. The thick
manual is extremely thorough – definitely more comprehensive
than my P2B’s. There are many ‘Info Boxes’ as well as
‘Computer Knowledge’ corners that explained little details
like “What is CMOS?” etc. These should appeal to novice
DIY-ers who will find the incessant amount of jargon
SoftMenu II Booklet – Amusing! Why? I have not seen
such blatant and open support for overclocking! Other
manufacturers, while including unofficial FSB settings would
never openly encourage overclocking as a means to
exploit performance gains on high-quality yield CPUs.
play it safe, the usual precautions are still told to the
readers. I just like to add my own, that I have seen and heard
much more successes than fatalities in overclocking, Thus I
believe it is
a worthwhile proposition. Anyway, overclocking is mostly safe
within the permitted limits of the SoftMenu II.
is evident that overclocking has worked very well for many,
forcing Intel's hand to release multiplier-locked CPUs to curb
this profit ruining trend.