ABIT BP6 Dual Socket370 Motherboard - Page 1

By Kan

Hardware One

I like ABIT. They understand that we overclockers go through a heck-of-a-lot-of-trouble drilling, soldering, and modifying the Celerons to make them work on dual motherboards (refer to our previous articles on how to modify the Slot-1 Celerons as well as Socket370 Celerons).

Hey! Why not make dual Celerons motherboards which will work without any modifications to the processors? Why not charge a good price and make lots of money? Well, ABIT made the BP6 Dual Socket370 motherboard - but they did not charge a high price for it. 

In fact, the BP6 is so reasonably priced that it's a very good buy. Buy a processor today, then upgrade to a 2nd processor tomorrow.

Now, running two processors does not mean doubling your PC's performance. Usually, your mileage will vary according to the applications you run. You need to be running a SMP-capable operating system (e.g. Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2 etc). Windows 95/98 will not utilize the 2nd processor.

Not only will you need a SMP capable OS, but your applications must explicitly support the 2nd processor as well. Now, ask yourself this: What applications you use support SMP? A few? None? The fact is that most of us do not use heavy duty stuffs like Photoshop, video-editing etc, getting a SMP system may be quite pointless. Remember, Internet Explorer already loads under two seconds, throwing in another processor will not make it load faster. 

Right? Not quite.

With more and more SMP applications appearing, the day will come (perhaps in another year or so) when games, applications and the whole load of software out there will support SMP. Games such as Quake3 will support SMP. Throwing in two 400Mhz Celerons will beat the fastest Pentium-III out in the market now, for a fraction of the cost. This is tempting, very tempting.

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