problems affected both AMD and VIA's chipset design, yet despite
this the second-generation boards with AGPx4, thou much improved,
continued to suffer similar problems. You now found yourself
having to lock down from x4 into x2 and boards such as ATI's
Radeon proved especially unstable in x4 under certain games
(TDR 2000 etc.).
the time the KT133 chipset had arrived the problems continued
to show no signed of disappearing. Boards such as ABIT's KT7
appeared to be the only units that could circumvent some of
the instabilities, although the fact that you needed a lot of
technical knowledge to do so would be frustrating to the majority.
People should never be expected to know exactly what each individual
BIOS setting in their PC does just for the sake of stability,
it's not consumer friendly. However boards such as Asus's A7V
were even worse because they lacked many of the bios features
that allowed Abits model to be more flexible/stable.
also has the advantage by having a strong consumer following
and related 'Unofficial FAQ', an FAQ that should get most people
out of trouble, just about all the other boards have nothing
even close to this.