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Penguin Hardware: Gigabyte GA-6CXC [Motherboard Review]

Apr 26, 2000, 22:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Field)

[ Thanks to Jeff Field for this link. ]

"The 6CXC from Gigabyte is Slot 1 motherboard based on Intel's I820 chipset. The 6CXC has 1 AGP Slot, 5 PCI Slots, 1 ISA Slot, and 1 AMR slot for a Software Modem/Sound Card, something most Linux/power users will want to stay away from. The 6CXC also has 4 DIMM slots, capable of holding DIMMs of sizes up to 512MB. It has 2 Serial, 1 Parallel and 2 USB ports built in, as well as Software-based AC97 sound that can be disabled via the BIOS. The 6CXC can also (optionally) support 2 extra USB ports via an expansion cable."

"It supports Front Side Bus Speeds of (AGP/CPU): 100, 105, 110, 115, 117, 120, 125 127, 133, 135, 137, 140, 145 and 150. You can either set this manually via a jumper and a set of DIP switches or you can have it set to autodetect between 100 and 133. Although many bus speeds are supported, only 66, 100 and 133 support the AGP/PCI standard bus speed of 66/33MHz...."

"In order to test the 6CXC, I used the Redhat 6.1 distribution. I use Redhat because it's what I like, although your experiences on Debian, Slackware, et al. should be quite similar. I tested the 6CXC at both 600MHz (6 * 100MHz) and 800MHz (6 * 133) using my Pentium III 600E. The 6CXC had no stability problems at normal speed or when overclocked. It performed rock-solid through all my tests. Setup was extremely easy, and even a user new to assembling a PC could setup this board quickly if they follow the included directions."

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