Downtime schrijft: "Ook de heren van GamePC hebben de MSI 694D Pro dual Apollo Pro 133A plank aan een grondige test onderworpen, met totaal andere resultaten dan de review van Hardware Zone. De stabiliteit van het bord bleek wanhopig slecht te zijn wanneer er met 2 CPU's gedraaid werd. Aan benchmarks hebben ze dan ook geen tijd verspild.
Dat brengt het aantal reviews van dit bord op 4 en de conclusies zijn, op z'n zachtst gezegd, nogal tegenstrijdig. In 2 reviews bleek het bord erg instabiel en kon er niet in dual-mode mee gewerkt worden (en dat is toch eigenlijk het idee achter zo'n bordje). In de andere 2 reviews voldeed het bord juist aan alle verwachtingen en was het in elk geval stabiel":
We were really hoping this board would bring VIA-based SMP to the mainstream, but unfortunately we were let down again. The work that most people are going to have to put into getting this board to work correctly simply outweighs the benefits this board offers. After countless reformats and downloading driver set after driver set, we still weren't pleased enough with the stability to give it a thumbs up. We had very similar problems with the Tyan Tiger 133 board, which makes all fingers point to VIA. It appears MSI's work on this board is quality, and it looks like they did everything they could with the chipset, but if the core chipset of the board isn't up to par, than the rest of the board suffers as well.
Once we can get a dual-processor VIA board to work completely stable in all of our benchmarks, we'll be more than willing to pit it against other Intel-based motherboards, but with the way things are looking now, we may just have to wait for VIA's next-generation chipsets. Once again, all of us SMP fans will now have to put our faith with AMD that they're 760MP chipset will save us from the blunders of Intel-based chipset makers. The EV-6 bus that the Athlon uses is absolutely perfect for 2-way SMP systems, let's just hope AMD can execute on-time and in volume. [break]
Ik kan me herinneren dat Anand vorige maand in z'n Computex verslag ook al waarschuwde voor de slechte stabiliteit van dual Apollo Pro 133A borden, in dit geval het Tiger 133 bord van Tyan:[/break] Before you go off blaming Tyan for not being able to produce a decent motherboard keep in mind that Tyan has quite a bit of experience in the high end workstation/server market and the majority of their motherboard designs are multiprocessor boards. The fact of the matter is that creating a stable dual processor motherboard based on the VIA 133A chipset is a bit trickier than doing so on the Intel BX or GX chipsets.
While we saw a handful of boards based on the dual 133A reference design at the show most manufacturers indicated that they were still having stability issues with their designs and they weren't ready for shipping. The only manufacturer that seemed to have a nearly final board ready was Gigabyte who claimed that they had not encountered any stability problems but we'll have to put that to the test when our sample arrives.