Bij iXBT Labs hebben ze een review in elkaar gezet van VIA's alternatief voor de Camino chipset, de VIA Apollo Pro133A. iXBT Labs kennende is het weer een erg lang en uitgebreid verhaal geworden, je kunt het hier allemaal nalezen.
Well, what is the outcome? VIA has a very up to date chipset supporting all latest technologies such as PC133 SDRAM, 133MHz processor bus, AGP 4x, ATA-66, AC'97 and a couple of other pleasant trifles. Intel in its turn can't boast anything of the kind, especially after a number of failures it has suffered recently. In other words, VIA Apollo Pro133A doesn't have any really threatening competitors, because i440BX is hopelessly outdated.
On the other hand, there are no applications now, which could show a really tangible performance gain due to VIA Apollo Pro133A's advantages. That is why we can't point out any serious reasons for the owners of i440BX based mainboards and processors with 100MHz bus to urgently change their mainboards. Of course, VIA Apollo Pro133A is a much more promising chipset, so it seems quite logical to bear it in mind when buying a new mainboard.
Moreover, for its new processors with 133MHz bus, in particular those on Coppermine core, Intel can't offer anything but a lonely i810e, which looks much more like a mockery. That's why if you are longing for a Coppermine with 133MHz external frequency, the only way out for you is to purchase a mainboard on VIA Apollo Pro133A (or VIA Apollo Pro133) chipset.