BE6-II Motherboard - Page 5
BE6-II comes with two ways to set the CPU speed: (1) DIP
switches; (2) Soft Menu III (setting CPU speed via BIOS
the DIP switches are used to set the CPU speed, Soft Menu
III is disabled. The DIP switch option is probably useful
for vendors that put together systems with the BE6-II but
want to prevent the casual user from messing up their
machine in the BIOS.
hard-core overclockers, Soft Menu III is what I consider the
ultimate overclocking solution. It allows the front-side bus
to be set at 66MHz, 75 MHz, 83 MHz and anything between 84
MHz to 200 MHz in 1MHz increments! The PCI divider can be
set at 2,3 or 4. The only weak link in the whole arrangement
is the lack of an AGP ˝ divider (which is something
dictated by the BX-chipset itself).
the overclocking stability of the BE6-II against the BX6-R2
– both were able to overclock my P-III 450MHz up to 600MHz
(133x4.5) at 2.3V core voltage. However, the AGP bus was
running way out of specifications, which resulted in crashes
the moment I tried to overclock the TNT2 Ultra. This was not
a good performance compromise for me, as my other major past
time at the moment is playing Unreal Tournament.
TNT2 Ultra was stable enough to overclock on both
motherboards at 581 MHz (129x4.5). This for me represented
the optimum overclocking point. Notwithstanding this, I
would normally run my CPU at a saner frequency of 558 MHz,
this comes from having to pay for your CPU– there have
been a few cases reported in the internet of the CPU L2
cache being fried at 581 MHz.
was virtually no difference in WinBench 99/CPUmark and
WinBench 99/FPU WinMark between the BE6-II and the BX6-R2 as
you would expect, at the same CPU clock speed.
– the BE6-II is stable to overclock. There is however a
natural limit to how far your can push your AGP card, a
limitation that is imposed by the BX-chipset itself.