GamePC heeft z'n site voorzien van een review van de Abit BE6-II moederplaat. Zoals bekend istie uitgerust met SoftMenu III en een ATA/66 controller en behoort tot de beste BX planken van het moment.
Comparing the new BE6-II to the old BE6, we notice that both boards are very similar yet differ in areas, which is more than likely why the BE6-II didnít get a different name. The BE6-II uses SOFT-MENU III, which is a newer BIOS that is derived from SOFT-MENU II found on the original BE6 mainboard. The differences in the two BIOSís are significant enough to take note of for all the controlling features offered to the user. One example is the tremendous amount of FSB settings this board allows, 66, 75, 83, and 84 Ė 200 (thatís right 84 MHz to 200 MHz in increments of 1 MHz). A real shocker to me with this board was that the BE6-II board had DIP switches (same thing found on ASUSís P3B-F) build on the board that could also control CPU settings. Though not a very common thing to be found on ABIT boards, but it is a helpful feature to get a system operable again when new BIOS settings that you may have changed to are incorrect. Using a new board layout the BE6-II is 10mm shorter in width then the BE6. Hardware monitoring and cooling features is nothing new with the exception of differently placed fan headers and a slightly smaller heatsink that cools the 440BX chipset. There is no answer why ABIT went with a smaller heatsink, but now height wonít be an issue when buying a Pentium III heatsink/fan. Previously, large coolers like the Vantec P3D-5030 couldnít fit correctly on the BE6, thanks to the larger BX chipset heatsink that it included, now itís not an issue.
Other than SoftMenu III, there is very little difference between the two boards. They both have a single AGP 2x slot, 5 PCI slots, 3 DIMM slots, two Ultra DMA/66 and two Ultra DMA/33 channels. The BE6-II did strip off a single ISA slot, a good start, but Abit decided to not put on a 6th PCI slot, a change that would have been welcomed by everyone. Abit also did some minor modifications to component placing, like slightly modifying the position of the power connector, fan connectors, BIOS chip, and other miscellaneous items, nothing major, but all are positive moves if you work with computers all day long.