iXBT Labs heeft een _errug_ interessant interview gepost met moederbord fabrikaten Abit, Chaintech, Gigabyte, MSI en Soyo. Het het interview o.a. vragen over het ZX/BX chipset tekort, toepassing van ALi, SiS en VIA chipsets, AMR (crappy soft audio/modem) en natuurlijk AMD's Athlon:
Q: What do you think, will Athlon be a real threat for Pentium III? At present the amount of mainboards designed for this particular processor is just incomparable with the mainboards for Intel processors. How can you comment on the possible changes of the situation in the future?
ABIT: As you know, it does not only depend on the CPU, but on the whole environment like chipset, etc. The first reports you can find show that the development is still necessary until Athlon is a real alternative for the demanding end user. We are therefore monitoring the development closely in order to see what kind of decision we will make for our company in the future.
CHAINTECH: AMD's biggest competitor is AMD itself. Only AMD can improve its production process to achieve higher yield rate, AMD can start intimidating Intel.
GIGABYTE: Yes, cost/performance could be a real threat to Pentium III. In the future they will be still incompatible and have their own technology.
MSI: I thing Athlon will be a competitor for Pentium III, from the price and performance's point of view. But the bottle-neck for AMD maybe its production capacity and promotion for AMD's brand recognition.
SOYO: Normally, Athlon would be a competitor to the Pentium III processor, and thus it wouldn't be a big threat to the PIII, because after all, it is an Intel product. However, under the current circumstances it might serve as a good replacement for the BX and ZX chipsets, which will make it easier for people to switch to Athlon. For what we hear, it appears to be a very good board, both performance and quality wise.
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