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  Chaintech 6VJD Motherboard 
  Jul 05, 2001, 10:00am EDT 

Specs, Box Contents & Installation

By: Dan Mepham

 Board Specifications
Form FactorATX
InterfaceSocket-370, 370-pin
ChipsetVIA Apollo Pro266, VT8633 & VT8233
Memory3 x 184-pin 2.5V DDR SDRAM (PC2100/PC1600)
GraphicsOff-board, 1 x AGP 2X/4X, 3.3V/1.5V
Expansion5 x 32-bit/33MHz PCI, 1 x ACR
I/O2 x ATA100 IDE Channels
Bus Speeds66-170 MHz (1MHz increments)
VCore Range+0.00V to +0.30V (0.05V increments)
BIOSAward 6.00PG

The 6VJD comes complete with the standard implements, including a Userís Manual, Driver CD, and ATA66 and FDD cables. The Userís Manual is what we would consider to be average, in that it includes most of what youíll need to get the board going, but little else.

Installation of the board did not result in any unpredicted occurrences, either mechanically or in terms of software. The single exception being that the ATX power connector and CPU fan connector are located rather close together, amidst a grouping of capacitors and inductors just large enough to make connection difficult. We recommend clamping on the heatsink and plugging it in before connecting the ATX power connector -- it'll save you a couple moments of grief.

Capacitor Cluttering

Fig 1. Capacitor cluttering around the ATX power and CPU fan connectors make the connectors difficult to access.

As always, we recommend that, when installing a VIA-based board, the first drivers to be installed should be the latest version of VIAís 4-in-1s (from VIAís website, as theyíll likely be more recent than the version on the Driver CD), followed by a reboot, and installation of the necessary video drivers. Following that, other hardware drivers and software patches (such as DirectX) can be installed.

1. Introduction
2. Specs, Box Contents & Installation
3. The VIA Apollo Pro266 Chipset
4. Layout & Features
5. Overclocking
6. Technical Support
7. Test Setup & Procedure
8. Test Results
9. Summary

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Chaintech 6VJD
Performance: 7/10
Stability: 7/10
Quality: 8/10
Features: 5/10
Layout: 6/10
Documentation: 6/10
Price: 8/10
Overall Rating: 6/10

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