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    Company: Abit
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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsMotherboards Nov 21st, 2019 - 5:06 PM EST
    Abit VP6
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: October 16th, 2001
    Rating: 8.5/10 SystemLogistics
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    Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Dual Processor Support up to 1 GHz PIIIs
    • 2GB of non-ECC memory supported
    • On-board ATA/100 and IDE RAID 0/1
    • SoftMenu III for easy CPU overclocking
    • Memory settings included in the BIOS
    • Good layout
    • Stable and has high tolerance for mixing/matching different types of DIMM modules
    • USB adapter for onboard header included
    • Affordable

    Cons

    • Still uses SDRAM
    • Lower memory scores compared to other chipsets
    • Sensitive fan headers (Abit claims they can handle up to 0.5A currents (6watts) but might not be the case all the time)
    • No integrated LAN
    • No Celeron Support

    Conclusion

    When I first heard that Abit was working on the VP6, I was very anxious to get my hands on one. I dreamt of a motherboard that would replace my BP6 and satisfy my craving for speed and stability. The VP6 definitely delivers most of what I was looking for. Despite a few bumps along the way, I am definitely happy I chose the VP6. Although I could have went the DDR route with other motherboards, I chose to stick to SDR because I already had lots of it. I would rather not invest in new memory just yet. Also since DDR PIII boards still use VIA chipsets, I'm certain the memory scores probably won't be as high as I want them to be anyway. The price is just right for the VP6 at around $130 (from Pricewatch). You get lots of features, good board design, and stability all for that price. For those of you looking for a nice dual motherboard with great overclocking ability, the VP6 is it. You won't have to buy new memory, and still get some decent memory scores. Eventually I will invest in a DDR board, but probably not until I see some significant price and performance improvements. For the avid dual processor enthusiast, the VP6 is a good upgrade choice. The more serious server folk will look to boards with better memory bandwidth, but I think the VP6 can handle most modest server applications. As a workstation, it's more than adequate. Despite the numerous delays this motherboard has gone through, Abit has a solid product here. DDR could have made this board so much better, but hey you can't have everything. I hope you enjoyed this review. Now, go and create your own dual systems! Stay tuned to SystemLogic for more dual overclocking content from me in the near future, especially those Sandra and Q3 scores I didn't include here. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts on the review, bad or good...

    Rating: 8.5/10 SystemLogistics

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    7. Stability/Value
    8. Pros & Cons/Conclusion

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