K7M Athlon Motherboard - Page 1
By Wy Mun
before the K7 in its final silicon form was available, the
PC industry was already alive with ramblings on how it would
effectively displace INTEL as the next generation CPU to
get. Already, its
specs looked immensely promising, sporting an extravagant
128KB L1 cache together with entry speeds of 500MHz (50MHz
more than INTELís P3), support up to 200MHz bus-speeds and
a full pipeline, super-scalar FPU design, it seems that AMD
has finally a CPU in top-notched condition.
even after several weeks into the Athlonís official
launch, users were estranged with the lack of motherboards
in the market to use it with. In fact, during its launch date, 3rd party motherboards
supporting it were virtually non-existent in the market (at
least in Singapore), despite commercial availability of OEM
this was partly due to AMDís decision to use an
unprecedented slot-A type socket that necessitated drastic
re-engineering in motherboard design.
However, perhaps this is also indicative of INTELís
stronghold in the PC arena with motherboard manufacturers
reluctant to jump upon the Athlon bandwagon as yet.
the Athlon motherboards finally did trickle in, many did not
offer the same level of control as their BX counterparts.
Letís see if this has changed with the K7MÖ
Please, tell me it has!!
I need a
decent motherboard for my featured-filled