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

Overclocking


By: Dan Mepham

The 6VJD isn’t the most overclocking friendly board we’ve had the chance to test, however it does come with the baseline features which should satisfy most light to moderate overclockers.

The two most important features, Voltage adjustment capabilities, and multiple FSB speeds are both available through the BIOS. The 6VJD’s Award 6.00PG BIOS allows for adjustment of the core voltage from Normal (Default) to +0.3V in 0.05V increments. Likewise, the BIOS allows adjustment of the FSB from 66 MHz to 170 MHz in 1 MHz increments (although you do have to use a jumper to specify the FSB range, 66 MHz, 100 MHz, or 133 MHz). In any event, neither of these options represents the best in their class, however they are adequate for light to moderate overclocking.

Unfortunately, as mentioned, there is little spare room around the CPU socket for mounting larger heatsinks, so be certain to measure to ensure whether a heatsink will fit, before buying.

CPU Socket

Fig 5. Capacitors block the use or larger heatsinks.

The VT8233 Southbridge also provides support for temperature, voltage, and fan monitoring. The 6VJD’s options are fairly light here as well, as the board only supports monitoring of one temperature (the on-die diode), two fans (a CPU fan and system fan), and the standard voltages. Again, for 90% of the home users out there, this is more than sufficient, however we suspect our readers would likely prefer a more robust solution.



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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