De review van AMD Zone / SlotA.com over hun KX133 engineering sample moederbord is eindelijk online gezet. Ditmaal kreeg Chris Tom AGP 4X gelukkig wel zonder problemen aan de praat. Uit de benchmarks blijkt dat de KX133 het duidelijk wint van de AMD 751 chipset onder ZDNet's Winstone 99 and Content Creation en het programma stream, dat de geheugen bandbreedte voor CPU en FPU test. Het plankje bleef verder ook uitermate stabiel tijdens alle benchmarks:
I have to say that I am impressed by the KX133. The stability of the board was top notch. I had expected more problems with AGP 2X and 4X. I experienced no lockups with the TNT 2 and did not have to resort to registry hacks to enable 2X, 4X or side banding. It looks like Via has done an excellent job following the AGP spec.
I was also satisfied with the chipsets performance. Sure it lagged in some tests, but remember that the KX133 will excel when using applications that that access the memory heavily. This is why it pulled ahead of the AMD 751 with Winstone 99 and Content Creation. Gaming performance is a little bit trickier. While it held its own with the 751 I was hoping to see an improvement of some sort with AGP 4X enabled. In all of the testing I have done so far I have not seen a definite increase.
One thing to keep in mind also is that KX133 based boards should be a significant amount less costly than previous Athlon boards. They will only require a 4 layer PCB and it should cost Via less to manufacture than the 751. As for compatibility with other components like ram, power supplies, and video cards, only time will tell. I will try to test more components, including generic power supplies and ram. I hope that these boards will signal an end to Athlon system configuration nightmares.