Abit BF6 Review
The Abit BF6
Why Another BX Motherboard?
By now, many consumers are probably wondering why Abit, a company with an established name and proven track record has released two new BX motherboards (the BE6-II and BF6) in the last half of this year. After all, if it isn't broke don't fix it right? Well, if that saying were Abit's motto, overclockers of the world possibly never would have had the pleasure of owning a BH6 or BX6 2.0 motherboard, as the original BX6 was a great product in its heyday, satisfying the overclocking community just fine by itself.
Another recent example of why not to rest on your laurels are the problems former kings of the CPU and 3D Graphics industry - Intel and 3dfx are having staying ahead of their competition. Lets face it, these days the computer industry moves so rapidly top-of-the-line components shift from the industry spotlight to the bargain bin in a matter of months.
So what was Abit's reasoning with releasing two separate products based on the same core chipset in such a short period of time? The answer is simple. For the hardcore user who wants support for the latest technologies Abit's answer is the BE6-II. For the user who wants a low-cost motherboard or a replacement for their old BX6/BH6 motherboard Abit offers the lower cost BF6.
Enter The BF6!
The BE6-II and BF6 will be Abit's last motherboards based on the 440BX chipset, marking the end of an overclocking era that began with the BX6. Just think of the great motherboards Abit has released based on the BX chipset: the BX6, BH6, BX6 2.0, BM6, and dual Celeron users (James among them) will always love the joy their BP6 has given them. All of these boards were (and still are) in use among millions of users even to this day, over a year after some of them were originally released! You gotta' love Abit for making such great products and look forward to what they have in store for consumers with their recently announced 820 motherboards, the CH6 and CX6.
So does the BF6 have what it takes to make it a worthy successor to the legendary BH6? What features make it better or worse than the BE6-II?