In House Abit BX6-2.0 Review - Part 3

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.

Opening 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.

Inside, there were a pair of HDD and FDD IDE, CPU cartridge retention mechanisms, a CPU-temp probe thermistor, thick manual, SoftMenu II booklet, software CD containing bus-mastering drivers and hardware monitoring utilities, and the motherboard itself.

The Manual
- 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 overwhelming.

The 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.

To 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.

It 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.


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