This board is larger than my existing BH6. Both are
about the same height, but the BP6 is wider and it
barely fitted into my casing *cough cough*.
Full Monty of
board comes in a pretty standard configuration with
5 PCI, 1 AGP and 2 ISA slots, with a clean overall
layout. However, there are no onboard SCSI or LAN
controllers like most dual motherboards. It features
3 DIMM slots, supporting up to a maximum of 768 MB
of RAM using 256 MB unbuffered DIMM modules.
the support for SMP, one of the other important feature
is the support for ATA-66 through the onboard HPT366
controller from HighPoint-Tech.
The BP6 supports up to 8 IDE devices, four ATA-33
and four ATA-66 devices.
the picture above, you can see the 4 IDE connectors.
The white colour connectors are for ATA-66 devices
while the black color ones are for the ATA-33.
view of the HPT366 ATA-66 chipset
BP6 package comes with a detailed user's manual, ATA-66
cable, ATA-33 cable as well as a floppy cable. There
is also a diskette containing Win95/98/NT (but alas,
not Windows 2000) drivers for the HPT366 controller
under Win95/98 and NT as well as a CD-ROM containing
programs like Hardware Doctor and the HighPoint XStore
ATA-66 cable - Notice the 3 different color connectors
of us are new to ATA-66. The ATA-66 cable is a 40-pin
IDE/80 conductor cable and offers a maximum burst
rate of 66.6 Mbytes/s. The ATA-66 cable is colour-coded
with a blue connector at one end, a gray connector
in the middle and a black connector at the other end.
Now, it is important that the ends are connected correctly
due to the presence of a polarization tab. The BLUE
connector must be connected to the motherboard, the
GRAY to the secondary drive and the BLACK
to the primary hard drive. Piece of cake huh?