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The Best For Freaks: 10 Motherboards using the BX-Chipset

Soyo SY-6BA+ IV

Board Revision: ?

BIOS: 2BA1 (15. Februar 2000)

Almost two years ago, we got the original 6BA from Soyo for the BX motherboard round up . Now, the fourth edition is available, coming with much more features than the initial one. This version runs stable at 133 MHz FSB, comes with five PCI and two ISA slots, four DIMM sockets and an ATA66 controller from HighPoint. Additionally, you will get three fan headers and a status LED. The board does not feature any additions like more USB ports (two are available) or a sound system.

You don't need to fiddle around with jumpers or DIP switches, as everything can be configured within the BIOS setup. There are 29 system speed settings (150 MHz max.) and you may change the PCI and AGP dividers as well. It was good to see that you may also rise Vcore by 2.5, 5, 7.5 or 10%. That's basically enough for simple overclocking and is also absolutely safe for your CPU.

The 6BA+ IV ran wonderfully stable at 133 MHz during all tests. I would like to see a more comprehensive manual, yet all important things have been included. If you want to purchase this one, you will also get Norton Ghost, Norton Anti Virus and Norton Virtual Drive as well as all required cables (ATA33, ATA66, floppy).