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Robert Kropiewnicki Jul 03, 2001, 11:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Any idea what southbridge they're using on the KT266 Pro?


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Sander Sassen Jul 03, 2001, 12:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Robert,

I don't know, I'm guessing the ol' 686B which can be found on just about any Via chipset motherboard as of late. But I'll be sure to post an update here when FedEx drops off the motherboard and I've taken a look at it. You might want to check their webpage and see whether the manual has any details about it, should have, manuals usually have that kind of stuff documented.

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Robert Kropiewnicki Jul 03, 2001, 01:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ooooooh, looks like the VT8233 southbridge should be on that puppy. Be interesting to see if the different issues the 686B had still exist in this new southbridge. Otherwise, this may be another turning point in the DDR decision.

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I think the new southbridge is simply the 686b with V-Link support since the North and South bridges
of the KT266 aren't linked by a PCI interface. VIA has a long history of changing only one component
at a time in their chipsets... The only difference (correct me if I'm wrong) between the Pro133A and
the KT133 is the CPU bus (GTL+ vs Athlon-EV6), for instance.

I'm a bit fed up with VIA mainboards... I don't trust them to hold my data anymore, not after the 686b fiasco.

/* DREAM mode ON
If I had a choice, I would put an Athlon on an Intel mainboard... like an i440BX with 4GB DDR-266 support,
the i815E southbridge, and the EV6 / Athlon bus... Now _that_ would be a good beast.

DREAM mode OFF */

I think Intel lags a bit behind AMD with the current (P3/P4) generation CPUs, but their chipsets are very good.

(now if the i815E's memory controller was as fast as the BX and had 1GB at least memory support...) Ooops I'm dreaming again...

I think I'll change my mainboard (A7V) for an nForce motherboard, if that chipset is half as good as NVIDIA boasts
and works well with Linux.

Stilgar



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