The 6VJD features a common, if slightly colorful layout. The board features five PCI slots, as well as CNR and ACR slots. VIAís ACR slot, which would otherwise very closely resemble a PCI slot, is bright blue in color to help reduce confusion. There are, unfortunately, still more ill-placed capacitors around the CPU socket, which could potentially interfere with the installation of larger heatsinks. The good news is that Intelís Pentium III processors donít generally operate at very high temperatures, so the need for larger heatsinks is minimal.
Fig 2. Notice the bright blue-colored ACR slot.
VIAís 633 Northbridge provides support for AGP 4X Universal (3.3V, 1.5V), as well as PC1600 and PC2100 DDR memory. In the case of the 6VJD, the board supports up to 3 GB of DDR memory, using 1 GB DDR DIMMs. Either PC1600 or PC2100 memory can be used with either 100 MHz or 133 MHz CPUs, while 66 MHz processors default to PC1600 memory only. The 633 itself doesnít operate at very high temperatures either, so Chaintech has included only a passive cooler. We should not that, at this point, the 6VJD has NOT been qualified for upcoming Tualatin (Coppermine-T) Pentium III processors, which is something to keep in mind, if youíre buying now, and may want to upgrade later.
Fig 3. VIA's VT8633 Northbridge is cooled only by a passive heatsink.
We should note that the 6VJDís younger sibling, the 6VJD2, features two SDR and two DDR DIMM slots, instead of three DDR banks. This makes it somewhat more interesting as an upgrade option, as a user of an old Pentium II could upgrade to a newer Celeron or P3, while hanging onto older PC66 or PC100 SDRAM, and keeping the upgrade cost down.
Fig 4. VIA's VT8233 Southbridge.
The rest of the board's features are rounded out by the 233 Southbridge, which provides support for two ATA100 IDE channels, and on-board ACí97 audio. The board does offer a connector for a riser to support a third and fourth USB connector, however Chaintech does not include such a riser in the package.