Today's big story is the new KT266A chipset that is being brought out by VIA. There are a number of sites reviewing it, and since they all came out at about the same time, I'm guessing an NDA. So here's the scoop on this new DDR chipset:
"What makes this even more exciting, is that the KT266A chipset is a drop in replacement for the KT266 north bridge. This translates into an easy and quick turn around time between when the chipset hits the manufacturers doorstep to when its yours. Manufacturers do not have to redesign boards for this revision: simply replace the production KT266 with KT266A, update the bios, and *voila!* instant performance boost!"
"Originally, when VIA announced it would create a new chipset to follow up KT266, most of us just assumed it would fix issues with the current version of KT266. The chipset had a few issues which needed to be worked out, and on top of that, the performance wasn't outstanding. I don't need to tell you that VIA took notice of SiS's 735 chipset right out of the gate."
"The battle for the superior socket A chipset could quite possibly be won this month by VIA as they unleash the much anticipated KT266A. We all knew it was coming but what we didn't know was its codename. Expressions such as 'Enhanced' and 'Advanced' were thrown around creating a lot of hype for VIA's new revision. 'Enhanced', 'Advanced' or what ever else the new KT266 revision was rumored to be called was just a result of people taking a stab in the dark. Strangely enough not too many people saw the possibility of the new revision simply being called the KT266 "A". Since the new revision of the KT133 was called the KT133A it was almost a certainty that the KT266 would follow with simply an "A"."
"An officially launched today new revision of the DDR chipset for Athlon CPUs from VIA, KT266A, beats all the competitors. We illustrate it in our tests comparing VIA KT266A with the other DDR Socket A chipsets: AMD 760, SiS 735, ALi MAGiK 1 and VIA KT266."