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Review - EPoX BX6 Special Edition




Here we test the motherboard as to how high it can go given the current configuration. I used the Intel FC-PGA PIII-667 with the ASUS S370-133 first (This Slocket was used because it's more available here in the Philippines.) to achieve extremely high FSB speeds due to the low multiplier it uses.

After that comes all the other processors to see if it can do them at their pretested speeds or more.

These results are for 100% stable overclocks only with a max. voltage bump of 1.85V for the Coppermines and 2.3 for the older processors.

Stability tests include the running of the following programs all at the same time for at least 6 Hours:

Winamp 2.61 looping endless Techno/Tranz tunes
     - Winamp AVS Plug-in
Prime95 Torture Test
3DMark2000 Looping Demo

On to the results...


Processor Max. FSB Voltage Speed
PIII-667 FC-PGA 157 1.65 785

All the others:

Processor Max. FSB Voltage Speed
PIII-600E FC-PGA 140 1.85 840
PIII-600E Slot-1 145 1.85 870
PIII-450 Katmai 140 2.3 630
Celeron 366 110 2.0 605

I have some notable comparisons between the Epox BX6 and the Abit BE6-II. (This mobo would have been better compared to the Abit BF6 but I don't have one yet.)

During testing, I never saw any registry errors with the Epox that I saw a lot of with the Abit. I was also able to overclock a good 3 to 4Mhz. higher on the FSB scale using the Epox, where the Abit would already choke without even booting.

Stability seems to be better with the Epox BX6 and it outperforms the BE6-II in my tests without overclocking. When overclocked, the Abit starts to pull away from the Epox at the same clock, but still, this may be overcome by the higher FSB settings you are able to achieve with the Epox. This means that the Epox actually has more usable FSBs than the Abit.

Compatibility also wasn't an issue with the Epox BX6. The Abit BE6-II had some problems with certain SDRAM modules that I tried. The Epox ran all of the previously listed hardware with no quirks.




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