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Well, VIA has really put it to the folks at Intel. They produced a chipset that marries the sheer processing prowess of the Pentium 4 with a DDR memory architecture...BEFORE INTEL DID! Not only that, but Virtual Zone Hardware has a preview of it. So let's go see what the scoop is on the VIA P4X266 Preview.
Atlanta OC has gotten hold of the EPoX 8KTA3 Motherboard, so head on over and see what they ahd to say about this KT133A based board. here's a snip:
"EPoX has definitely released a quality product in the 8KTA3. With the optional RAID setup, this motherboard can really come alive. The definite presence of an overclocker friendly feel gives it the power it needs to overcome the small hurdles that hold it back from being a top choice. I did notice that this motherboard boots into Windows 2000 extremely fast. Granted there is not a ton of files on the drive, it still screams to the desktop and awaits your readiness.
Looks like this motherboard has been getting quite a workout lately, but why mess with success? Go see the folks at amdmb.com and see what they thought of the IWill KK266Plus Motherboard. here's a snip:
"Overclocking on all Iwill boards is a dream come true for most hardware enthusiasts! Offering every option to be edited in the bios (with the exception of the 100 MHz / 133 MHz jumper), Iwill has made a name for themselves in the overclocking arena. The KK266Plus does not break this tradition. Pushing upwards of a 170 MHz FSB on an underclocked Athlon 1.4 GHz, this easily beats the best I have used before hand. Of course, to get speeds near this, you have to have some kick ass SDRAM, such as Corsair's. Overall I was able to push the Athlon Thunderbird 1.4 GHz to a great 1.65 GHz with air-cooling. Several other motherboards have reached this speed, but not 170 MHz FSBs!"
Planet Savage has gotten hold of the IWill KK266Plus Motherboard for your viewing pleasure. here's a snip:
"The KT133A chipset is still probably the most popular chipset for Socket A processors right now. It has now matured well and with its usage of normal SDRAM, it made upgrading of people from older SDRAM systems pretty easy. Those coming from a 440BX133 system can still make use of their old memory and other peripherals when they switched to the KT133A and AMD."
Intel Pentium4... You either love them or hate them. But whichever way you choose to go, there still has to be boards to support them. Enter the MSI 850 Pro2 Motherboard. With most 850 chipset based boards being nearly identical performance-wise, can the MSI board bring something new to the table? Head on over to PC Hardware and find out! here's a snip:
"A surprising thing at this motherboard is the RIMM slot which is parallel to the AGP slot. MSI had to use this design to reduce the number of layers. I don't take this as a disadvantage, but the design may seem strange to many people."
With multi-processor Athlon support becoming all the rage nowadays, someone just has to check out the MP boards. accelenation has taken up the gauntlets and reviewed the Tyan Tiger MP Motherboard. here's a snip:
"The reason the Tiger MP has me going is because it is the first Dual Athlon board that is truly affordable. At ~$220 online, this board is well within the range of pricing for desktop motherboards. what's more, the Tiger MP hasn't sacrificed very much to get to that price. don't get me wrong, if you want a high-class workstation board, the Thunder K7 is still a better option, but for the average dual processor user, the Tiger MP is much more attractive."
This board seems to be getting a lot of press lately, so without further ado, head on over to TweakMax and see their take on the ECS K7S5A Motherboard. here's a snip:
"When the SiS 735 finally was released it turned out to be a really impressive piece of engineering, beating the competition including AMD 760 in most benchmarks. The reliability, stability and performance showed so far, makes the future look bright for this chipset. The fact that it's also a low cost solution puts even more pressure on the competition."
When the SiS735 chipset first bacame known, it raised quite a stir in the overclocking community. These boards are now being produced for use by the Power Users, but are they as good in reality as they were in pre-production? accelenation takes a look at the ECS K7S5A Motherboard which uses this famed chipset. So go check it out! here's a snip:
"ECS' philosophy is to design stable, simple motherboards for the masses. Historically, none of ECS' boards have been great for overclocking. However, the selling point is that their boards sell for really low prices without compensating stability or performance.
I had heard a blurb about this board in the news, but now you can see if it really works. accelenation has gotten hold of a Acorp 6A815ED Motherboard for review. what's so crazy about it? How about a dual Intel processor board based on the i815E chipset. Many said it couldn't be done...but it looks like they were wrong.
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."