Active Hardware has taken a look at the EPoX EP-8KHA Motherboard which is based on the KT133A chipset. here's a snip:
"Following shortly after its introduction of the KT133A, VIA released the KT266 chipset. When it hit the market, its improved performance and versatility over the KT133A made it an easy choice for inclusion in EPoX's EP-8KHA motherboard. At this point, EPoX already has an established reputation for designing high-performance products geared for the Overclocking crowd. With the EP-8KHA, they seem intent on maintaining that reputation by offering a mainboard that's replete with features."
Well, the IWill KK266 Plus board has been getting an awful lot of press, so I thought I'd go ahead and post several sites who have this board on disply for your perusal:
t-break - Snip:
"The Iwill KK266 was a pretty good motherboard and instantly turned us into Iwill fans. Where other motherboard manufacturers were cutting corners, Iwill offered everything- from performance and features to overclocking and support- and wrapped everything in a package that looked mega cool. And thus, we were quite eager to try the KK266+ which is a tweaked up version of the original."
Accelenation - Snip:
"It is obvious with the release of the KK266Plus that Iwill is not content to be second best. What they've done is added a few new features, tried to fix some shortcomings, and generally make an already good board even better. The KK266Plus isn't without its problems though. Does it have enough to move ahead of the 8KTA3Pro? let's see."
Overclockers New Zealand ("R" version) - Snip:
"Well, well, despite the lack of active cooling of the north bridge, Iwill did very well with its FSB overclocking, scoring a stable 166Mhz operation. Beyond that, the machine becomes unstable. This might due to the OEM ram I have in the machine also the HIGH PCI bus of more than 41.5 Mhz. At that particular frequency, most of the PCI device would stop working, especially if you have network cards installed. However, I do not recommend running your FSB greater than 160 as the PCI is just way off its original speed of 33 Mhz. Many people reported loss of data or damaged HD due to high PCI bus speed."
Soyo's newest motherboard seems to be making some waves with the overclocking crowd...and that's not an easy task for a company who was just recently making boards with the OEM in mind. Check out what the folks over at VR-Zone Hardware thought about the Soyo K7V Dragon Motherboard.
IWill has been at it again, and ClubOC is right on top of the action. Take a look at their newest review of the IWill BD133u Motherboard which uses the Intel 815EB chipset with the newer "B" stepping.
The Abit KT7E board has been around for a bit now, but not too many folks have taken a good look at it. Probably because it was labeled as a Budget Board right from the beginning. Overclocked Cafe takes a look at it in their latest review. here's a snip:
"For a budget motherboard it pounds out solid non-budget motherboard numbers. For those with 200MHz FSB AMD's looking for a motherboard that will give them a bit more life out of their processor and SDRAM, it would be an excellent choice. Anyone looking to build a solid budget system, the KT7E becomes another excellent choice, it's bare bones approach makes it affordable, couple that with a Duron and an MX based video card, and you are looking at a complete system at a very reasonable price."
Mr PC Pro takes a look at the Acorp 7KTA1 Motherboard which is based on the VIA KT133A chipset. it's a low-cost board that has some overclocking abilities that the site takes a look at. here's a snip:
"You can manipulate the "Clock by Slight Adjust" number to a number ranging from 133-166, and 100-132MHz if you are using a 100MHz FSB Athlon or Duron. The best I was able to do was 142MHz. I did hit 145Mhz, but 3DMark 2001 would crash in about a minute. So a 9MHz boost isn't what I call a super overclock, but you will still see some benefit."
Whether you like them or not, the Pentium4 processors are making some waves in the computer industry. With clock speeds closing in on the elusive 2GHz barrier, they are the current leader in overall clock speed. So what kind of motherboard would you want for one of these beasts? OnePC.net takes a look at one such board in their latest review of the DFI WT70-EC Motherboard. here's a snip:
"If you're looking for a fully-loaded motherboard with built-in 3D 6-channel audio and RAID support, the DFI WT70-EC is not for you. But if you're looking for a solid board to help you get started with the Pentium 4 platform, this board is a good choice--especially for its price!"
It seems that "Tualatin Ready" is the latest buzzword in the Intel camp these days. It basically describes a motherboard that is ready to support the Tualatin processors that are hitting the streets. Hardware Unlimited has taken a gander at the Abit version of Tualatin boards. So take a look at their review of the Abit ST6-RAID Motherboard and see if it's worth your hard-earned upgrading dollars.
The SiS735 chipset has been making some serious waves in the overclocking community, and MSI has decided to jump on the bandwagon. So check out t-break and their latest review of the MSI K735 Motherboard. here's a snip:
"One thing we noticed was that if you change the clock multiplier and the system fails to POST, just wait for a few seconds and the multiplier is automatically adjusted to it's original setting- pretty neat. However, changing FSB speeds and not being able to POST doesn't reset the FSB speed to the CPU default."
The folks over at Active Hardware have been playing with a new motherboard lately, namely the Biostar M7VKD. It utilizes the KT133A chipset and is "a product destined for the mid-range market". Is it worth consideration when it comes time to upgrade? Go find out for yourself.
accelenation has put together a review for you of the MSI KT266 Pro-R Motherbaord. here's a snip:
"MSI has consistently ranked in the top 4 in motherboard sales over the past few years thanks to its solid motherboard designs and quick releases. MSI was the first motherboard company to deliver a Socket A motherboard when the Thunderbird was released. This motherboard, the K7T Pro, has evolved into the K7T Pro2 and K7T Turbo. The latest incarnation of the VIA based Socket A series is the K7T266 Pro, with full support for DDR memory."
CoreSpeed 3D has gotten hold of an AOpen AK73 1394(a) Motherboard and put it through it's paces. Now they want to share the information they received from the testing, poking and prodding. here's a snip:
"The white clip at the bottom of the AGP slot is a AGP retention clip - finally someone put a piece of plastic on the board to use the back fin of the video card that I wondered why companies even included. This clip works awesome and makes sure your Geforce3 that you took a mortgage out on your soul to obtain doesn't become dislodged during transit."
The AMD760 chipset has been a good performer when it comes to all-out Athlon performance, but the cost has left some folks with a dry taste in their mouths. So what would happen if you could make a motherboard based on this chipset and still maintain KT133A board prices? To see for yourself, head on over to Bench House and check out their review of the Chaintech 7KJD Motherboard. here's a snip:
"...Then we come to the southbridge, which, in case of the 7KJD model, has an interesting solution. Instead of the usual implementation of VIA 686B controller, used by most manufacturers who produce AMD 761 system controller based models (ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte…), Chaintech decided to use newer VIA VT8231 IDE controller..."
What do you get when you combine the AMD 761 chipset, 3 DDR DIMM slots, AGP Pro and IDE RAID? To find out, head on over to The Duke of URL and see their latest review of the Gigabyte GA-7DXR Motherboard.
Seems that Soyo is getting fancy with naming their boards, but NewsForge has the explanation of the name and of the board itself. Take a look at their latest review of the Soyo K7VDRAGON Motherboard.
Dan's Data dares to compare a couple of top selling motherboards based on the KT133A chipset. here's a snip:
"Iwill's KK266Plus-R and MSI's K7T Turbo-R Limited Edition are a couple of Via KT133A-based Socket A motherboards that are each well capable of serving as the base for a rather stacked computer. Both have four IDE connectors, RAID capabilities, built-in sound and serious overclocking features."
Active Hardware take a look at a motherboard by a company named Azza...namely the Azza 815EPX Motherboard. here's what they had to say about it:
"The Azza 815EPX is one of the newest boards on the market to base itself around the Intel 815EP chipset. One of the more interesting aspects of the 815EPX is its support for Azza-Up - a feature that allows USB and audio ports to be relayed to the front of the system, rather than the back. Azza-Up is included as part of the Jumbo Pack version of the 815EPX board. As for the rest, the 815EPX is essentially a conventional board, with all the normal features one might expect, including support for PC133 memory and ATA100 drives."
PC Hardware have reviewed the Abit KG7 Motherboard and have benched it under both W2K and Linux. here's a snippet:
"Abit also included several advanced memory and chipset timing settings. The memory settings are not very hard to operate considering that there are several templates: Manual, Auto, Normal, Fast, Turbo, Ultra. I couldn't see what settings every template used, but if you know a little bit about clock signals you should be able to achieve the same results using the Manual setting on any mobo."