HIGHEST REACHABLE SPEED
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
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...
All the others:
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.