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The Abit SE6 ATX i815E Motherboard

Introduction

I along with many other high end enthusiasts have been waiting for the i815E chipset for some months now. Instead of hacking into your old Slot1 MB with the ubiquitous Slotket adapters that introduce yet another set of connections and diminish overclocking ability, simply plug that lightweight P3 right in. Some of the early reviews of the SE6 were just that, early reviews. Since a newer BIOS revision has been made public, I was eager to put the latest S-370 contender to the test. Let's just say that the SW BIOS revision made all the difference when benchmarking...

Factory Specifications
The Unit
  • Intel i815E chipset
  • IDE ATA100 capability
  • Socket-370 ATX design
  • AGP 4X, AGP ½ & PCI ¼ dividers
  • 1 AGP, 6 PCI, 0 ISA, 1 CNR slots
  • Onboard AC97 audio
  • 3 DIMM slots: 512MB max
  • 4 ATA100 IDE devices total, 3 USB headers (1 built in)
  • Hardware monitoring: 3 temps & 3 fans
  • Web price: $140 USD



http://www.abit.com.tw

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Description & Specifications

Finally, a MB with all the latest compatabilities. No more BX133 overclocking to diminish AGP video card life or cause that PCI bus to push your hard drive beyond stability. AGP 4X, ATA100, ¼ PCI divider, USB's out the wazoo, the SE6 leaves one wanting very little if anything.

Ports

In the summer of 1998, I dumped everything I had that was ISA for the newer PCI and AGP slots. I've never looked back and believe me, those PCI slots fill up with things like a modem, SCSI card, NIC card, and a sound card. Gee, not much room (or IRQ's) left. Six PCI slots, even if some are "slaved" is still a welcome feature, just make sure that finicky devices that require their own IRQ have one.

AGP 4X compatibility has been the subject of much controversy as many factors must come together in order to achieve full 4X operational status. First, the MB must support it; second, the video drivers must support it; and third, in the i815E's case, the Intel's latest .inf files must be used. For this MB test, all benchmarks were conducted in full AGP 4X mode. Nothing less than 100% stability was observed.

The bus speeds were different than other Soft Menu II selections: they are broken down into ratios like 4:4:1 and so forth. Once you get used to the system (which took about 5 minutes), figuring out how to efficiently tweak the BIOS is no sweat. All tests were run in the 4:4:1 mode which meant the PCI speed (the "1") was at 33MHz or greater, the SDRAM was run at the FSB (the "4") and the FSB (the left-most "4") was 4 times the PCI speed (at least 133MHz). For more info, please visit Abit's site and download the acrobat .pdf manual as it's very thorough.

Bus Speeds (FSB/MEM/PCI)
Low
Medium
High
Highest
66/100/33
83/83/28
125/94/31
125/125/31
68/103/34
90/90/30
130/98/33
128/128/32
70/105/35
100/100/33
133/100/33
130/130/33
72/109/46
103/103/34
137/103/34
133/133/33
75/114/38
112/112/37
140/105/35
137/137/34
77/116/39
115/115/38
145/109/36
140/140/35
 
120/120/40
150/113/38
145/145/36
 
125/125/42
153/115/38
150/150/38
     
153/153/38

 





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