BE6-II Motherboard - Page 6
I go buy one?
If you already own a BX-based motherboard, and are looking
to upgrade for the Ultra DMA 66 support or Soft Menu III –
you should be aware that the BX chipset is nearing the end
of its product life cycle. On the horizon are motherboards
based on the Intel “Camino” chipset and the VIA Apollo
Pro 133A chipset which will provide native Ultra DMA-66 and
AGP 4x support.
the moment, the high RDRAM prices, and the performance
penalties associated with the inclusion of the Memory
Translation Hub for SDRAM support would probably mean that
the Camino chipset will take a little more time to mature.
VIA Apollo Pro 133A on the other hand uses SDRAM and looks
set to be a winner – at least on paper. Immature drivers
and compatibility issues could still scuttle it.
line, the Abit BE6-II is a good product. If you need to buy
a new motherboard right away, then do consider it seriously.
On the other hand if you are looking for an upgrade, you may
be better off holding off for the moment to see how the next
generation chipset fare on retail boards.