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Date of review: 27-May-1999
Type Of Review: Press
Taipei, Taiwan, May 27th, 1999- ABIT announces the release of the their latest BX chipset ATX based SOCKET 370 motherboard, supporting the Ultra DMA/66 IDE Protocol and Soft MenuT II technology, the BY6. With all the great features of ABIT's flagship BX mainboards and UDMA/66, ABIT has once again proved that "Yes it's possible!".
The major difference between the BY6 and the other BX mainboards is the addition of Ultra DMA/66 support. The BX chipset was not designed to support UDMA/66. Although the BX chipset was designed to be compatible with this specification, it is only capable of running the bus at a maximum of 33 Mbytes/sec, thus offering no advantage over UDMA/33. With the help of specially designed ABIT hardware, the BY6 can support this specification up to its maximum frequency of 66 Mbytes/sec.
With the BY6, ABIT is implementing our OnNow (STR/STD) Initiative which allows you to suspend your computer with out closing you're desktop applications, allowing you to find everything the way you left it while using a minimum of power. No need to close and reopen all those applications any more. The BY6 also supports up to 256 SDRAM modules, permitting up to 768MB of memory.
The BY6 is also among the first to proudly meet the coming PC99 specification. Connectors are color coded to be identified and hooked up easily.
What's the same?
ABIT's new BY6 has One AGP, Five PCI and Two ISA slots to handle all of your expansion needs. It also offers official support for Intel's newest Celeron® processors. Furthermore, it comes with the following features: all the specifications for AGP spec Rev. 1.0 for improved 3D graphics performance at a lower cost, APM/ACPI power management, USB, PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors, CPU auto-detect, AWARD write protect anti-virus, Wake On LAN, Suspend to RAM, and hardware health monitoring. APM is there also which stands for Advanced Power Management. It is a feature rich power management function for a more energy efficient P.C. It includes Soft Power On/Off, Sleep, Suspend and Stand-By mode, Real Time Clock (RTC) Alarm and RTC Power On, and Modem Ring On. The networking standards Wake On Lan (WOL) and Wake on Ring are also supported.
WinBond Hardware Monitoring
Winbond Hardware Doctor is a self-diagnostic system for PCs and must be used with Winbond chipsets. It protects PC hardware by monitoring several critical items including power supply voltages, CPU & system fan speeds, and CPU and system temperatures. Once any item is out of its normal range, a warning window will pop up and remind the user to take proper measures. It will protect PC hardware by monitoring the most critical items. These items are important for the operation of the system, as errors may result in permanent damage of the PC.
The BY6 implements Soft MenuTMII technology that eliminates all jumpers on the mainboard that set CPU parameters, allowing end-users to easily and correctly install or upgrade their own CPUs. The BY6 BIOS supports a wide range of external clock settings, multipliers from 2 to 8 and special PCI and AGP clock dividers.
For more information on the BY6 check out the ABIT website at:
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