Bij AnandTech is deze ochtend een review geplaatst van het FIC KA-11 mobo, gebaseerd op de Apollo Pro 133A chipset van VIA. Het goede nieuws is dat het overklokken van een P3-550E zeer aardig wilde lukken:
We were able to push our testbed FC-PGA Pentium III 550E to 5.5 x 150 MHz = 825 MHz - faster than any production level Intel CPU at the time of publication - provided that we turned down the memory clock. For full details on overclocking the FC-PGA CPU's, read Part 1 and Part 2 of AnandTech's Overclocking the FC-PGA Coppermine article. [break]Het slechte nieuws is dat het plankje serieuze stabiliteitsproblemen heeft met 133MHz FSB's of 133MHz DRAM:[/break] The biggest problem we had with the KA-11 is a very fundamental one - there are serious stability issues when the DRAM or FSB clock is 133 MHz. We couldn't even install Windows in this configuration. FIC claims this is fixed in the latest BIOS update, but therein lies our second major problem with this board - there was simply no way to get it to accept the flash. We simply got a "unrecognized flash type" error message, using either the included Award Flash program or the latest version we could find on the internet. Fortunately, FIC should be capable of fixing both these issues, hopefully sooner rather than later.
In it's current form, we can't recommend the FIC KA-11 with its problems at 133 MHz. Hopefully these issues can be fixed with in a future board revision, or better yet through a BIOS upgrade. If this is done, the KA-11 has the potential to be a mostly above average board with some interesting features at a decent price. Until then, however, hold off on the KA-11 for now at least. We'll update this review if the situation changes.