Overclockers workbench heeft een review gemaakt van de Abit BX133-Raid plank. Zoals de naam suggereert heeft deze plank een BX chipset, onboard Raid en ondersteuning voor 133MHz FSB CPU's. Het Raid gedeelte wordt verzorgd door de HPT370 chipset die ook ATA-100 hardeschijven aankan. De layout is ook erg relaxed, 1xAGP, 5xPCI, 1xISA, 3xDIMM en een nette plaatsing van condensatoren rond de socket:
Although the BX chipset is an old chipset, ABIT has made inroads into the market with many innovative products like the BE6-II v1.1 with onboard Highpoint ATA-66 and 1Mhz FSB stepping for the overclockers and just recently, the BE6-II v1.2 with onboard HPT370 (RAID) and ATA-100 support with 1Mhz FSB increments was released to the public. Now with the BX133-RAID coming out into the market, there is the question of: "Why make another BX board that is based on the BX chipset when i815e chipset is already available and has ATA-100 support ?"
Apparently, many people still have the notion that the 440BX chipset is the way to go due to the stability of the system and the maturity of the chipset, whereas the i815/e boards are fledglings in the market and have yet to prove their worth to the masses. ABIT certainly thinks so because the 440BX chipset was never meant to be run at 133mhz but, as overclockers are, we managed to find out that at 133mhz, the system and its components are able to run at that speed. The only problem that the 440BX encountered was the fact that when it was released more than 2 years ago, AGP graphics cards were not inclined to run at such high speeds (i.e. If FSB is at 133mhz, AGP clock will be 2/3 = 89mhz) due to their intolerance of it (89mhz). But now, as it turned out, most if not all of the newer graphics card can run at 89mhz or even higher, thus the obstacle of 133mhz FSB is overcomed.[break]En de conclusie:[/break]This is one impressive motherboard, considering the fact that it is still performing at the top of the game for the past 2 over years. Everyone had the notion of the 440BX being thrown away with the announcement of the i815/e boards but behold, the ABIT BX133-RAID motherboard! The design and implementation of features, coupled with a tried and true chipset is a very irresistible combination indeed. ATA-100 and RAID support on a motherboard really does have an appeal to it. Certifying the 440BX chipset as a 133mhz platform is also a great step forward for an aging chipset and doing away with Slot One and replacing it with a FC-PGA socket helps to lower the cost to the end-user, making the board more desirable. ABIT must have done a great job in designing a board on the 440BX chipset and kudos to them, they deserve it for the ABIT BX133-RAID deserves an award!