Bij GamePC kun je een review lezen van Abit's moederbordje gebaseerd op de VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset, de VA6. Uit eerdere reviews leerden we al dat de geheugen en AGP performance duidelijk achter blijft bij de BX chipset. GamePC trekt dezelfde conclusie voor ons:
We see a healthy lead for the BX chipset in most of our benchmarks, especially in lower resolutions where the benchmarks is not limited by the fillrate on the video card. As we edge into the 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 Quake 3 benchmarks, we see the benchmarks evening out as we're tapping the top fillrate of the GeForce DDR card. It's good that the VIA can keep up with the BX on these levels, but it still doesn't make up for the fact that VIA's brand new chipset is getting swiftly smacked by Intel's year old BX chipset.
It all comes down to what you're willing to pay on a price/performance scale. You'll pay a little less by buying a VIA PC-133 motherboard, but you'll get less overall performance than a BX board. Of course, if you've just bought one of Intel's new Coppermine EB processors that runs at 133 MHz FSB natively, many people will go to the VIA chipset instead of going to Intel's I820 chipset with pricey Rambus modules. Other than the EB processors, there is really no reason to vouch for VIA over the BX. Business workers may not even see a performance difference between BX and VIA, but gamers will surely take note.
De prijs van het plankje is echter wel om vrolijk van te worden .