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  Abit ST6-RAID 815EP B-Step Review. 
  Sep 21, 2001, 08:00am EDT 


By: Dan Mepham

The ST6-RAID has a problem. Itís a board for enthusiasts, and right now, no enthusiast would be caught dead with a Pentium III or Celeron (with the exception of perhaps a Tualatin, but even those are looking rather unattractive given current Athlon pricing). Itís not that the ST6-RAID is a bad board. Quite the contrary; we enjoyed our time with it immensely. It may very well be the best 815EP board out there. Itís just, well, an old platform.

Itís not that 815 boards are no longer valuable. In fact, 815 probably still accounts for the majority of Intelís chipset sales (although Iíd wager 850 isnít far off, and 845 will soon eclipse both). And itís not that enthusiast boards arenít wanted; certainly many of you could attest to that. Itís that, together, the two arenít wanted. 815 enthusiast boards just arenít big news anymore. And so you can see the problem for the ST6-RAID.

If you find yourself in need of a Pentium III or Celeron board, which might become a more common occurrence as 0.13um Celerons become available, then the ST6-RAID is a great board. Itís extremely stable, and comes packed with just about every feature you could want, all in 100% jumper-free form. A very good board from Abit, and as we've said, probably the best 815EP out there.

But for the majority of our readers Ė check out an Athlon or Pentium 4 instead.

Dan Mepham

1. Introduction
2. Specs, Box Contents & Installation
3. Features & Layout
4. Overclocking - SoftMenu III, Still the King
5. Test Setup & Procedure
6. Test Results
7. Summary

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Stability: 9/10
Quality: 8/10
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Documentation: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Overall Rating: 9/10

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