Het bestaan van deze plank werd tot voor kort nog door Abit ontkend, maar nu is-ie dus officieel aangekondigd: de VA6, Abit's eerste moederbord met de Apollo Pro 133 chipset van VIA. Voor overklokkers kan dit bord interessant zijn vanwege support voor AGP dividers lager dan 2/3:
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. December 24th, 1999—Described as “The most efficient PC133 solution available” by ABIT marketing specialist Eric Boeing, the ABIT VA6 is a combination of ABIT's sophisticated technology and VIA's Apollo Pro 133 chipset (VT82C693A and VT82C686A). The VA6 features a 133 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB), supporting PC133 SDRAM directly and is equipped with 5 PCI, 2 ISA slots, and 1 AGP slot, and with the added feature of UDMA 66 and 4 USB ports.
“The CPU support on this board is really wide” notes ABIT's Boeing, it supports Intel Pentium® III 450 ~ 733 MHz processor cartridges based on 100 & 133 MHz FSB, Intel Pentium® II 233 ~ 450 MHz processor cartridges based on 66 & 100 MHz FSB, and Intel Celeron® 266 ~ 533 MHz processors based on 66 MHz FSB. It also has reserve support for future Intel Pentium® III processors.
The VA6 has memory capacity of three 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting SDRAM modules for up to 768 MB MAX. (8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256MB SDRAM) as well as having ECC support. The VA6 features integrated audio with AC'97 Digital Audio controller integrated and AC'97 Audio CODEC on board and audio connectors (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in, and Game Port) with audio drivers included. SoftMenu™
ABIT, now famous for its patented SoftMenu™ technology has implemented this feature into the BIOS of the VA6 as well. Explains ABIT's Boeing, “Where the real beauty of the ABIT VA6 comes out is in the BIOS” The System BIOS features ABIT's SoftMenu™ II as well as Award's Plug and Play setup and it support APM and DMI.
SoftMenu™ II, ABIT's patented technology, increases future compatibility and gives the power user a convenient way to adjust CPU settings in the BIOS, with external clock options of: 66MHz, 100MHz, 75MHz, 83MHz, 112MHz, 103MHz, 124MHz, 133MHz, 150MHz, 140MHz, 105MHz, 110MHz, 115MHz, 120MHz and multiplier factors of: 2/2.5/3/3.5/4/4.5/5/5.5/6/6.5/7/7.5/8 and a core voltage range between: 1.3 - 3.5V. Accordingly the VA6 has broke through the PC 100 limitation, elevating the PC front side bus speed to 133 MHz, and providing excellent system performance by integrating VIA's Apollo Pro 133 chipset.
Take advantage of the latest UDMA 66 technology to improve HDD performance the VA6 has full native support and provides 2 UDMA 66 channels, supporting up to 4 UDMA 66 devices. The VA6 bundles a high quality UDMA 66 cable, providing the most effective IDE solution and it is fully backward compatible to existing UDMA 33 devices.
VIA Hardware Monitoring
VIA Hardware Monitoring System is a self-diagnostic system for PCs and must be used with VIA chipsets. It protects PC hardware by monitoring several critical items including power supply voltages, CPU & system fan speeds, and CPU and system temperatures. Once any item is out of its normal range, a warning window will pop up and remind the user to take proper measures. It will protect PC hardware by monitoring the most critical items. These items are important for the operation of the system, as errors may result in permanent damage of the PC.
The VA6 has a built-in IrDA TX/RX header, built-in Wake up on LAN header, on board USB header for Two extra USB channels and PC99 Color connectors. As with all ABIT boards the VA6 is also approved by outside test labs. The VA6 has been approved by:
CE Lab : EMI/EMC/EMS
WHQL : Year 2000 Compatible