Venator stuurde ons richting de officiële press release van Abit over hun nieuwe SE6 plankje, gebaseerd op de Intel i815 chipset. Zoals we in de review van HardOCP hebben kunnen lezen is de plank geen snelheidsmonster maar de naam Abit moet er toch voor kunnen zorgen dat dit een van de beste i815 plankjes wordt:
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Thursday, June 19, 2000 — With the launch of Intel’s much-anticipated i815 (“Solano”) chipset, ABIT is proud to announce the world’s very first Solano mainboard, the ABIT SE6. Designed for use with “Flip-Chip” Pentium® III CPUs, the SE6 is an AGP based ATX mainboard, supporting Ultra DMA 100 and SDRAM, with ABIT’s patented SoftMenu™ II technology.
Intel 815 with ICH2 (i815e)
The i815, a completely new core logic chipset, supports a Front Side Bus speed of 133MHz (plus 100 and 66MHz). The AGP port supports AGP 4X devices. As an alternative, the chipset offers integrated AGP 2X 3D graphics. The SE6 also supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface).
To these features, the i815e chipset (on which the SE6 is based) adds Intel’s new ICH2 (I/O Controller Hub 2). This second-generation I/O hub gives you Ultra ATA/100 support (backwards-compatible to Ultra ATA/66 and 33). It also gives an additional USB header for two extra USB channels. Combined with the two standard USB connectors, you get a grand total of four USB channels.
The SE6 features six PCI slots and three 168-pin DIMM sockets. The latter provide expandability to up to 512MB of either 100MHz or 133MHz SDRAM. The AGP port can be fitted with either an AGP 4X card or AIMM (AGP In-line Memory Module) to bolster the integrated AGP 2X. The CNR (Communication Networking Riser) is one of the true standouts of the SE6, greatly broadening your computer’s networking capabilities and reducing the baseline costs of communication features. Not only does the CNR support six-channel sound; it also offers an integrated Media Access Controller (“MAC”), so that the only networking hardware you need to supply is the physical link.
SoftMenu™ II eliminates the need for jumpers or DIP switches to set CPU parameters. Those who prefer DIP switches can use the set included on the SE6 instead. In addition to SoftMenu™ technology, the system BIOS features and supports Award Plug and Play BIOS, Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS, and is of course Year 2000 compliant.
The SE6’s multi I/O functions include two channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA/100 devices. It features hardware monitoring of fan speeds, voltages, system environment temperature and one thermal header for further temperature monitoring. A standard 15-pin VGA connector is included on the board, as is a separate “VL-Bus” connector, for use with either TV or Flat Panel Display output. The SE6 offers two-channel soft audio CODEC, with an integrated AC’97 digital audio controller and audio connectors (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in, and Game Port) with audio drivers included. The SE6 also offers support to up to 6-channel CNR sound cards.
Wake on LAN and Wake on Modem are built in, as are Open Chassis and IrDA TX/RX headers and Keyboard and Mouse Power-On functionality.