Over bij Next Dimension Hardware hebben ze eens gekeken naar het Microstar MS-6321 Dual Socket-370 moederbord gebaseerd op de VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset. Het plankje heeft een vrij aardige layout met 4xDIMM, 5xPCI, 1xAGP en 1xCNR. Afgezien van een paar irritante punten wist de MS-6321 toch niet teleur te stellen, mede dankzij zijn goede stabilitet:
At a quick glance, this motherboard must look like a dream come true, and for a first generation overclockable dual-CPU board, I am surprised it is so stable. However, the board has a few really annoying quirks. For one, the voltage of CPU0 always runs about 0.04v above CPU1. Another is a rather serious USB performance/timing problems that prevents usage of even the most basic USB devices (such as keyboards and mice). However, MSI currently has a beta BIOS out (v1.5 beta 3) that fixes these problems.
There are also a few logical problems with the board's layout. I have found that only a select few IDE cables (not the ones supplied with the board) are long enough to reach from the onboard ATA-66 controller headers to the top drive bay of my case. My case, although a considered a full tower, is not that tall.
All my complaints aside, the board runs perfectly, no crashes nothing. Perhaps the next revision of the board will have all the minor quirks worked out, maybe even a layout adjustment??. Perhaps even the next BIOS revision will fix the minor problems, who knows. Overall, a pretty good start by MSI.