If you look deeper into the problems of memory, sound and AGP
then you'll notice an interesting link in the chain, BUS (FSB/Related),
voltage and timing. During this brief article we haven't even
begun to outline all the serious problems, just a few of the
more prominent ones, bare that in mind.
boards based on KT133A, AMD761 and related chipsets will take
a much more streamlined approach. The AMD761 does away with
an Asynchronous bus altogether due to DDR Ram and the KT133A
keeps it, but gives you support for 133Mhz FSB Tbirds (266Mhz
DDR) and standard SDRAM.
a change in technology and thus design may well result in a
yet further streamlined chipset that in turn could cause less
of the voltage and BUS niggles experienced in the past. Whether
this pans out into reality is a question that should be answered
by the end of Q1-2001, when some of the early boards will have
finally hit the mass market.
personally believe that it's important AMD and related parties
get this batch right because if people still find the same old
problems, then that'll mean they've existed for nearly three
years. In other words, those who are more aware of the problems
(hardcore gamers) may venture back onto Intel platforms. This
is a problem because Intel hardware is currently vastly overpriced;
we dare not even quote the cost of a P4-1.4Ghz and on a price/performance
basis AMD is ahead in everything except RAM.
give us a stable gaming platform!
Mark 'KILLZAT' Jackson