VA6 VIA Apollo Pro 133 - Page 1
VIA has been quietly but definitely improving on their
chipsets to become a viable competitor to Intel. With the
recent shortage of BX chipsets from the Santa Clara giant,
and its deaf ear to support the PC133 SDRAM standard, VIA
was sought after for its Apollo Pro 133 chipset.
solved the teething problems in the early Apollo Pro and
Apollo Pro Plus, VIA now has a stable and mature platform
that offers in addition to Ultra DMA 66 support, the ability
to use the 133Mhz memory bus speed.
What is a better indication
that VIA has come a long way, than the acceptance by key
motherboard makers such as AOpen, Soyo and Abit?
Today, we take a look at
this new member in Abit’s family of Intel compatible
boards, the Abit VA6. Mysteriously enough, this member did
not see a splash party introduction and it is not even
mentioned on the company’s website – a clear sign of
pressure faced by the manufacturers.
In any case, it is not
my duty to dwell upon the politics of sales and corporate
management. What you want to know is if this retail product
is going into your system?