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    Abit BF6 Review
    October 25th, 2000

    Before I get into this review, I'd like to say sorry for not getting this review up sooner. It's really been a long time since I did a real review for the site, so hopefully this will be my stepping stone to more reviews and articles in the future. So without further delay here it is...

    Abit is probably a household name for most anyone that is familiar with motherboards. They have been releasing some of the best products out there for some time now, and even recently have gone beyond the motherboard market. Some of their greatest achievements include the trend setting BP6, the ever popular BE6-II V2.0, and the classic BX6 2.0. The first Abit product I ever bought was the BP6. All I can say is that Abit spends large amounts of time to ensure their products won't dissatisfy the customer.

    Today I'm taking a look at one of the best BX Chipset based boards out there and the last of a long line of BX based Abit boards, the BF6. For its age it is still a pretty good slot 1 motherboard for 100 MHz FSB PIIIs and Celeron overclocking. Of course, it might not be the best anymore, but it was ahead of its time. The low price tag and good performance is also good for budget oriented people. Actually I received this unit to review awhile ago, but only recently got a chance to really write the review. An interesting thing to note is that the BF6 is almost identical to the BE6-II. The big difference being the ATA/66 support on the BE6-II.


    With all the new VIA and Intel chipsets out there now and more on the way, the BF6 still has a pretty good feature set compared to the competition. The lack of a suitable AGP bus multiplier for bus speeds higher than 120MHz is one of the drawbacks of the aging but still alive, BX Chipset. Bios upgrades have enabled the BF6 to be able to use the latest processors, even the 1GHz (133 FSB) PIII. Everything else on the BF6 is pretty much standard nowadays. Expansion is definitely possible with the 6 PCI slots, 1 ISA, and support for up to 768 MB of main memory.

    Here are the specs from Abit's site:


  • Supports Intel Pentium® III 450MHz~1GHz processor cartridge
  • Supports Intel Pentium® II 233~450 MHz processor cartridge
  • Supports Intel CeleronTM 266~533MHz processor cartridge
  • Chipset

    • Intel®440BX chipset (82443BX and 82371EB)
    • Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)
    • Supports AGP 1X/2X (Sideband)3.3V device


    • Three 168-pin DIMM sockets support SDRAM module
    • Supports up to 768MB MAX. (8, 16, 32, 64, 128,256MB SDRAM)
    • Supports ECC

    System BIOS

    • SOFT MENUTM III or DIP switches needed to set CPU parameters
    • Award Plug and Play BIOS version 6.0
    • Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS
    • Year 2000 Compliant

    Multi I/O Functions

    • Two Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA 33 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


    • 1 AGP slot, 6 PCI slots and 1 ISA slot
    • Hardware monitoring
    • Keyboard/Mouse/Password and Hot Key multifunction Power On.
    • Built-in Wake on LAN/Wake on Ring header
    • One Thermal sensor Cable Included
    • Dimensions : 305*200mm

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    Author: Tom Solinap
    Company: Abit
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