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NewsForge.com: Penguin Hardware Review - ABIT BX133

Aug 19, 2000, 15:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Field)

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"Over the last six months, there has been a plethora of chipset releases from the various chipset manufacturers, such as Intel and VIA. These chipsets have all pushed the bleeding edge, adding more USB ports, 4X AGP, RDRAM, 133MHz FSB support, and all sorts of other new features. And yet, today, I find myself reviewing a board based on the "old reliable" BX chipset, which, while not sporting all of those new features, is still quite a contender."

"The ABIT BX133 is the latest in a long line of BX boards from ABIT. Although the BX chipset only officially supports up to 100MHz front side bus speeds, the BX133, as the name implies, is tuned to be able to run at up to 133MHz, provided you have a video board which can handle the increased AGP bus speed. The 3DFX Voodoo3 used in these tests worked flawlessly. Thanks to the 133MHz front side bus support, the BX133 is fully capable of supporting a 133MHz-bus CPU such as the Pentium III 933 used in this review."

"Conclusions...
The BX133 is a fine board, made by a company with an excellent reputation for expandability and performance. Though it is bested by newer i815 based boards in I/O performance, it is still an excellent board, and the RAID ability makes it a definate winner. I highly recommend this board to anyone looking for a simple RAID 0/1 solution (such as for entry level workstations), or for someone looking for a board with a high capacity for drives."

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