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Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Wednesday, June 30th, 2000—For nearly two years, the name ABIT has been synonymous with the best in BX chipset motherboards. Now ABIT is proud to announce the final and best model in this popular series: the BX-133 RAID. The BX-133 RAID is an ATX mainboard designed for use with Celeron/Coppermine FC-PGA CPUs, features Soft Menu™ III technology, and offers a feature never before seen on any other BX board: ATA/100 with RAID!
The layout of the BX-133 RAID is similar to ABIT’s other top-of-the-line model, the BE6-II. There are three 168-pin DIMM sockets for support of SDRAM modules for a maximum of 768 MB of memory. There are also 1 AGP slot, 5 PCI slots and 1 ISA slot. The difference that is most immediately noticeable is the 370-pin “Flip-Chip” socket for past, present, and future Intel CPUs.
True Hardware RAID Plus ATA/100
The BX-133 RAID on board controller provides two IDE hard drive connectors that support the latest Ultra ATA/100 (Also known as Ultra DMA/100) hard drives with the data transfer rate of 100MB/sec. It is also backward compatible with Ultra ATA/66, Ultra ATA/33, Enhanced IDE, and Fast ATA-2. Each IDE connector supports a master/slave combination of any IDE device, including IDE, EIDE and Ultra-ATA standards. The onboard controller provides two extra Ultra DMA 100 (compatible to 66 and 33) channels, for transferring data to and from up to 4 IDE devices at a rate of 100 MB/sec. The two independent UDMA/100 channels are in addition to the two standard IDE ports, giving you a capacity of up to eight IDE devices (four UDMA/100/66/33, four UDMA/33)! The BX-133 RAID includes EZRAID for boosting disk performance and data protection. The EZRAID function supports Striping (RAID 0), Mirroring (RAID 1), or Striping/Mirroring (RAID 0+1) operation. For Striping operation, the identical drives can read and write data in parallel to increase performance. The Mirroring operation increases read performance through load balancing and elevator sorting while creating a complete backup of your files. Striping with Mirroring operation offers both high read/write performance and fault tolerance. The EZRAID function of the BX-133 RAID offers quick and easy installation and configuration.
The BX-133 RAID implements SoftMenu™III technology that eliminates the need for jumpers on the mainboard that set CPU parameters, allowing end-users to install or upgrade their own CPUs easily and correctly. The BX-133 RAID BIOS supports a wide range of external clock settings, multipliers from 2 to 8 and special multifunction PCI and AGP clock dividers. With the Award 6.0 BIOS, Soft Menu™ III supports Front side bus speeds from 66~200MHz, and from 83-200MHz in increments of one! Flexible Boot up sequence, and three setting functions for Power Recover, allowing you to power on after a power failure. For those who prefer to make BIOS adjustments manually, a set of DIP switches is also onboard.
133 For All!
ABIT has now brought forth the latest technological advancement for motherboards: “133 MHz for All.” With the BX133 RAID you’ll find ABIT’s “BX133 For All” manual appendix, which will help you overcome any difficulties associated with running 133MHz front side bus CPUs with the BX chipset. With special hardware designs and SoftMenu™III technology, ABIT’s BE6-II, BF6 and BX133 RAID boards can provide users with a stable PC133 system. PC133 is the latest memory standard, increasing bus speeds 33% when compared to the PC100. In the past, 133MHz speed was only available when users overclocked their system. But users have previously found that they could not overclock their system to 133MHz successfully due to set CPU, chipset and memory restrictions. The highest CPU FSB clock was 100MHz. Chipsets and memory also only supported up to a 100MHz system bus clock. The 133MHz CPU front side bus is now available and the memory standard has been advanced to the higher 133MHz speed. The 133 MHz system is now ready for market.
Included with the BX-133 RAID, you’ll find a copy of ABIT’s on Linux distribution, Gentus. Don’t worry about downloading patch files and modifying the kernel; designed specifically for use with ABIT products, Gentus offers complete hardware/Linux compatibility at the click of a button. One thermal sensor cable is included, and hardware monitoring (fan speed, voltage, system environment temperature, CPU temperature monitoring) is built-in.
The multi I/O functions include PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors, one floppy port, one EPP/ECP Parallel Port, 2 Serial Ports, and two USB connectors. The ports are PC99 color-coded. 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.