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What happens when Intel decides to try to get away from RDRAM and use normal SDRAM on their new Pentium 4 Processors? Just head on over to Hardware Zone and see in their latest review covering the Chaintech 9BJA Motherboard. here's a snip:
"As with all i845 chipset mainboards, the Chaintech 9BJA features support for the new mPGA 478 processor form factor. The board also comes with five PCI slots, as well as a CNR slot below the fifth PCI slot. Memory fetish users should also be happy to hear that the i845 chipset permits the 9BJA board to support up to 3GB of SDRAMs. As CPU-zilla pointed out in his MSI 845 Pro2 preview, 3GB of memory is quite ambitious at this point of time, since the highest density for PC133 SDRAMs is only 512MB. Of course, that could change in the near future."
Overclockers Club has just posted a review of the Abit KG7-RAID Motherboard. here's a snip:
"Abit once again, hits a home run with their KG7-RAID. Featuring their incredible SoftMenuIII BIOS! With six PCI slots, AGP 4X, Four 184-pin DIMM sockets support up to 4 GB PC1600/PC2100 DDR SDRAM, four UDMA100 controllers allowing up to 8 Ultra DMA 33/66/100( RAID 0 /1/0+1), what's not to like? This board is top-of-the-line , best of the best, far more superior than any other board on the market! ..I highly recommend this board, and would recommend this board to anyone seeking for a high performance, highly overclockable, DDR motherboard."
For those not yet willing to take the plunge into the DDR arena, there is still a lot of boards to be had that use your older RAM. Head on over to OC Tools and see what they had to say about one such board; namely the IWill KK266+ Motherboard. here's a snip:
"Iwill has clearly perfected the KT133A board with their KK266plus. Overclocks above 160mhz is not rare with this board as seen on this retail box when matched with superior SDRAM like Corsair PC150 or Mushkin REV3. With all the pluses that goes with the motherboard like the onboard 6 channel sound and Iwill Microstepping, the KK266+ is the best KT133A Socket A board available for your AMD chip. I know DDR is just around the corner but the KK266's benchmark scores speaks for itself. Compare it and you will see for yourself."
The VIA KT266 chipset has come far in the past months, and the folks over at Overclockers Australia want to show you their take of the Asus A7V266 Motherboard. here's a snip:
"While many gamers and overclockers have the A7M266 and have been very happy with it, many were disappointed that multiplier adjustments weren't included (unless you do the solder job on the board and effectively destroy your warranty and/or the board). The A7V266 does it right this time with both dipswitch and BIOS options for V-Core, Multiplier, FSB and also RAM voltage. The FSB is adjustable with 1MHz increments and the board also has adjustable FSB/PCI/MEM ratios."
The Tech Zone wants to share the news concerning the AOpen AK77Plus Motherboard. It uses the KT266 chipset and some DDR memory.
AMD World has finished testing the Tyan K7 Thunder Motherboard and they want to tell you all about it. Can it maintain the high standards of previous Tyan boards? Only way to find out is to check it out for yourself.
Tweakers Asylum has just posted a review of the Soyo SY-K7V Dragon Motherboard for your viewing pleasure. here's a snip:
"As far as motherboards are concerned, Soyo has typically been an "OEM" style of manufacturer. The Soyo SY-K7V Dragon not only breaks this tradition, it completely shatters it. Based on the VIA KT266 chipset, the Soyo SY-K7V Dragon is able to offer the end user several useful features.
OcPrices has just posted a review of the Epox 8K7A Motherboard which uses some DDR memory with the AMD-761 chipset. here's a snip:
"On Monday we put out a review of the low priced DFI AK76-SN and overall we were happy with it: it provided good performance, decent overclockability and good features. However, today we will take a look at the Epox 8K7A+, a motherboard that has all possible features, even RAID, on board. Reviews and reports about this motherboard have been very positive, so I was looking forward to reviewing it. And believe me, I have not been let down..."
For those who are wanting the Tualatin ready boards, head on over to Active Hardware and take a peek at their review of the IWill BD133u Motherboard. here's a snip:
"The Iwill BD133u motherboard is based around the i815EP B stepping chipset, which makes it compatible with Intel Pentium 3 "Tualatin" processors. The BD133u is in fact the 3rd such board we've received for review, and comes with a reasonable range of Overclocking functions - something we couldn't say about the previous two "Tualatin" boards we received (such as the Intel Easton2). Furthermore, the BD133u comes with an onboard soundcard based on theC-Media CM18738 audio chip which is enough to make the Iwill BD133u a very interesting board to review."
Rizenet has posted a review on the IWill KD266 Motherboard, but don't be confused by the model number. It does not work off the KT266 chipset, but one from Ali. here's a snip:
"The KD266 from Iwill is a rather unique motherboard, at least in regards of the chipset it uses, the ALi M1649. If you go to the ALi website you won't even find that chipset listed, but you will find the KD266 listed as an ALiMAGIK motherboard. that's right, the M1649 is nothing but a ALiMAGIK without DDR-RAM support. Why would anyone sell a DDR-RAM chipset without the ability to use DDR-RAM? The answer, as it often is, is money. Just like Intel with the i815E and i815EP, its easier and cheaper just to use a design you already have and just change a little bit of the manufacturing process."