AnandTech heeft een review gepost van de MSI 694D Pro dual PIII moederplank met VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset. In tegenstelling tot de GamePC review van gisteren werd de 694D Pro door Anand als zeer stabiel bevonden. De performance bleef iets achter bij de i820 en i840 met Rambus, maar het verschil is te minimaal om de hoge prijs van Rambus RIMMs te rechtvaardigen voor de i8x0 setup:
We were extremely impressed with Microstar's 694D Pro, and if more motherboard manufacturers can put VIA's 133A into a solid dual processor motherboard design, VIA may just have created a brand new market for motherboard manufacturers.
Performance-wise a dual 133A board obviously isn't going to be as fast as the i840 but at the same time it's not going to be nearly as expensive as a dual 840 board.
From a price to performance standpoint, the 133A chipset makes quite a bit of sense to be included in entry level dual processor workstations, however since the chipset isn't quite as mature as the older BX/GX chipsets, we wouldn't suggest trying to build a mission critical server around it.
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