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Abit's VP6 mobo: Love me two times, baby


Love me two times, baby
— 6:27 AM on June 25, 2001

ManufacturerAbit
ModelVP6
Price
(street)
$140
AvailabilityNow

Beyond simply testing the motherboard's features and stability, we're also going to take a look at what exactly SMP can do for you. Intel or AMD, Via chipset or not, there are things about the real-world uses of SMP that you need to know. Things that go beyond "r_smp 1" and Photoshop. Anyone will tell you that two is better than one, but knowing where and why is what's really important.

The board
Before we dive into the deep end, here are the board's particulars.

CPU supportIntel Socket 370-based Celerons and Pentium IIIs (only PIIIs will run SMP)
Form factorATX 
ChipsetVia Apollo Pro 133A (VT82C694X/VT82C686B)
ISA slots0 (finally)
PCI slots5
AGP slots1, 2X/4X AGP w/sidebanding and fast writes
Memory4 168-pin DIMM sockets for PC100/133 SDRAM (2 GB max)
Storage I/OFloppy disk
4 channels ATA-100
Highpoint HPT370 RAID controller
Ports1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse,
2 serial, 1 parallel, 2 USB,
2 additional USB ports via expansion header
BIOSAward PnP with Abit Soft Menu III
Bus speeds66MHz-150MHz
(official support for 66, 100 & 133MHz)
MonitoringVoltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring

Unlike its predecessor, the BP6, the VP6 doesn't support dual Celerons. You'll remember that Intel crippled SMP permanently with the Celeron "II"—you can't dual them up, regardless of which motherboard you use. Should the VP6 support older Celerons? It would be nice, but the original Celerons are old. If you want to dual them up, the BP6 exists to serve your purposes.

Also notice that this board has no ISA slots. It's about time! While some of you grumpy old men might insist on legacy support, I'm all for giving it the boot. Good riddance.