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ABIT VT6X4 VIA Apollo Pro 133A
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Author: kai ping
Date of review: 12-April-2000
Type Of Review: Mainboards

The ABIT VT6X4 is ABIT's first VIA Apollo Pro 133A (VIA133A) motherboard. Officially released on 27 Mar 2000, this motherboard started hitting the shelves in Singapore last week in limited quantities.

ABIT has a reputation for innovative motherboard designs, and is the darling of the overclocking community. The burning question for me as I powered on the motherboard was whether ABIT was able to circumvent the memory and graphics subsystems performance issues that have plagued the VIA133A implementations so far. Before we get to the benchmarks, let's have a quick look over at the motherboard.


Specifications


    CPU
  • Supports Intel Celeron, Pentium II and Pentium III including "Coppermine"
  • Official support for 133MHz FSB

    Chipset
  • VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset (VT82C694X and VT82C686A)
  • Supports ACPI
  • Supports AGP 1X/2X/4X (Sideband)
  • Supports UDMA66
  • AC'97 Digital Audio controller integrated
  • AC'97 Audio CODEC on board

    Memory
  • Three 168-pin DIMM sockets support SDRAM module
  • Supports up to 1.5GB MAX
  • Supports setting memory frequency at FSB, FSB+33MHz or FSB-33MHz

    System BIOS
  • SOFTMENU II -- jumperless hardware configuration

    Multi I/O Functions
  • 2x Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA 33/66 devices
  • PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connectors
  • 1x Floppy Port (up to 2.88MB)
  • 1x Parallel Port (EPP/ECP)
  • 2x Serial Ports
  • 2x USB Connectors
  • On board USB header for Two extra USB channels
  • Built-in IrDA TX/RX header
  • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in, and Game Port)

    Miscellaneous
  • ATX form factor
  • 1 AGP slot, 5 PCI slots and 2 ISA slots
  • Hardware monitoring
  • Wake on LAN header
  • Wake on Ring header
  • PC99 Color connectors


Inventory



Here's what came in the box other than the motherboard:

  • User Manual
  • one pair - Universal Retention Mechanism
  • IDE (UDMA66) cable
  • Floppy cable
  • Drivers and Utilities CDROM
  • Gentus Linux CDROM


Pretty standard fare - except for the Gentus Linux CDROM, which is ABIT's own Linux distribution. Guess ABIT is trying to establish a Linux user base.



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