Anand levert vandaag een flinke roundup af van in totaal 12 moederborden gebaseerd op de de VIA Apollo Pro 133 (AGP 2x) dan wel de VIA Apollo Pro 133A (AGP 4x) chipset. Uit de test blijkt dat de performance tussen de verschillende moederborden erg verschillend is, tot wel 42 frames in Quake III. Anand legt de oorzaak bij de mobofabrikanten die te weinig getweakt hebben in de BIOS instellingen. De borden van Gigabyte komen als beste uit de test, terwijl de P3V4X van Asus nog wel een paar BIOS updates kan gebruiken. Hieronder een gedeelte uit de conclusie:
The performance issue is present with virtually all of the motherboards in this roundup, and it is a very disappointing scene. It has been just about two years since the last time we did a major motherboard comparison where there was a significant difference in performance among the entries. The VIA Apollo Pro 133/133A chipsets are viable alternatives, and although there are quite a few motherboard manufacturers out there that are using the solutions we're going to need a greater level of perfection from these manufacturers before the platform can get to the point the BX platform is today where you can go out and pick up virtually any board without having to worry about performance issues.
If motherboard manufacturers don't take it upon themselves to fix the problems with their boards, VIA needs to step forward and endorse only those manufacturers that properly implement their chipsets as well as follow a set of guidelines for performance and stability when using these chipsets. From the manufacturers that we've talked to, we've received the impression that VIA isn't nearly as cooperative as Intel with helping motherboard manufacturers with their designs. While this may be an illustration of the capabilities of a large company versus a smaller one, it is also a sign that VIA does need to do more if the problem's roots is indeed with them and not lax motherboard manufacturers.