Also typical of Abit, only 3 DIMM slots are
available. Considering that the slot for the processor is rather
close to the DIMM slots, this part of the layout just doesn't do too
well for those who use more than 1 memory module. In my case, using
the Alpha P3125 HSF Kit only left me one usable memory slot.
Also in the above picture are the headers for the IDE cables. I like
the way they placed these headers since I can just lay my IDE cables
flat and on top of each other to minimize clutter.
440BX only supports UDMA33 file transfers so that's all you can use
with this motherboard. Installing UDMA66 devices would simply revert
it's operation to UDMA33.
On the previous page, I showed you the placement where the UDMA66
controller should be. Here you can see the UDMA66 IDE headers
missing from the board.
Some folks have been asking me about the advantages of UDMA66
currently. Well, I think that you would gain more going for a
7200RPM hard drive than a UDMA66 one. Today's applications and games
barely reach the theoretical 33Mb./s transfer rate of UDMA33 so it
wouldn't make much sense to adapt the UDMA66 standard yet. For
future planning though, it wouldn't hurt to have it.
One thing that I REALLY like about this board is the
inclusion of 3 fan headers. In the first pic, you'll see the great
placement of the CPU and Power Supply fan headers. This eliminates
the need to run cables all over the place by centralizing them, thus
minimizing the clutter that can contribute to poor airflow. The fan
header for the Chassis Fan is placed on the lower left corner of the
motherboard which really isn't anything new.
The terminal for the case headers is nicely placed, but could be
more intuitive. Separation of the appropriate pins would've been
nice, like that on the Epox BX6
Hardware Monitoring is provided via this chip from
Winbond. Oddly though, I wasn't able to monitor the Chassis Fan so I
guess Abit decided not to include that feature. Aside from being
able to monitor fans, you can also monitor temperatures and voltage.