Abit heeft vandaag twee nieuwe op de i820 chipset gebaseerde moederborden aangekondigd: de CX6 en CH6. Het verschil ligt om zo te lezen in het aantal en type geheugen slots: de CX6 heeft 2 Rambus slots, de CH6 biedt plaats voor 3 reepjes SDRAM. Verder vinden we weer de gebruikelijke features die we van Abit gewend zijn, zoals de Softmenu II (geen III?) jumperless CPU setup. Hier de press release die ik van Abit's press manager kreeg opgestuurd:
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. November 15th, 1999—Following the launch of the long awaited Intel 820 chipset, ABIT has announced their Intel 820 solutions to the market. The ABIT CX6 and CH6 are Pentium® III AGP based ATX mainboards supporting Ultra DMA 66/Direct RDRAM With ABIT's patented CPU Soft MenuTMII technology. These are considered ABIT's premier boards based on the Intel 820 chipset. “These have been a long time in coming, but I think it will be worth the wait, the Intel 820 chipset is just fantastic”, assured ABIT's PR Manager Jeremy Smith. For the upcoming Intel 820 chipset, ABIT will introduce the CH6, and CX6. “We realize there will be different needs for 820 based products because of the RAM issue, so we are offering 2 solutions, one with 2 RIMMs the CX6, and one with 3 DIMMs the CH6”, explains ABIT's Smith.
Based on a completely new chipset architecture, the CH6 and CX6 are AGP based ATX mainboards supporting Intel Pentium® III/II CPUs, Ultra DMA 66, Direct RDRAM or DIMM with CPU Soft MenuTM II technology and represent some of ABIT's premier board technology based on the Intel 820 chipset. The Intel 820 chipset supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI) and AGP 1X/2X/4X (Sideband) 1.5V/3.3V devices and support 100/133MHz Front Side Bus settings. Featuring the latest in memory technology, the CX6 supports 2 184-pin RIMM sockets for Direct Rambus Memory modules for up to 1GB MAX. (64, 128, 256MB) with 600, 700, 800MHz Direct Rambus Channels supporting ECC. The CH6 has 3 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting SDRAM modules for up to 1GB MAX. (64, 128, 256MB). There is also an AC'97 Digital Audio controller with integrated AC'97 Audio CODEC on the boards with an included audio driver. With ABIT's Soft Menu TM II the CX6 eliminates the need for jumpers or DIP switches to set CPU parameters. The BIOS also has the Award Plug and Play BIOS supporting APM and ACPI and features the Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS.
With the CX6 and CH6 there are multi I/O functions with 2x Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA 66 devices. As well as support for STR (Suspend to DRAM). They each have 1 Universal AGP slot, 5 PCI slots and 1 AMR slot with Hardware Monitoring of fan speeds, voltages, system environment temperature and one thermal header for a CPU or other temperature monitoring.