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BX Flagship: Asus CUBX

The Asus CUBX

This time, Asus went a new way when naming their new BX motherboard. It's not called P4B or something like that, but comes with the cool title CUBX. Sounds like 'see you, BX!'.

Asus keeps up with the trend and equips their CUBX with a Socket 370. Thus the board can get along both with the Celeron and the Pentium III FC-PGA. Intel recently started to ship the Pentium III 933, so the only version which is merely available as Slot-1 version is the 1 GHz model.

The board comes with six PCI slots (rev. 2.2), which all can be masters. Four DIMM sockets are provided, capable of hosting up to 1 GByte RAM. Of course you may also use ECC memory. An on board LED will light up as soon as you apply power to the board.

Asus provides a jumper which lets you chose between soft setup or the DIP switches. All CPU settings can be done in both modes, just the enhanced overclocking options (vcore alteration) can only be done within the BIOS. Here you can chose between the following FSB speeds: 66, 75, 83, 100, 103, 105, 110, 112, 115, 120, 124, 133, 140 and 150 MHz. Of course you may also increase the CPU voltage. Valid settings are 1.65, 1.7, 1.75, 1.8, 1.85, 1.9 and 1.95V. The BIOS is also able to detect a failed overclocking attempt and restores the clock speed defaults; pushing the reset button is enough.