since the Athlon first launched there's been very little change
in the hardware for motherboards designed to support them. Unlike
the K6 and its various hybrids, K7 had the disadvantage of being
brought up around a very strict architecture. This meant that
with the exception a few companies (Asus, Gigabyte etc.), almost
all the other motherboards were exactly the same. Thus the casual
Athlon user was left with a rather limited choice.
Intel steamed ahead with it's 133Mhz FSB, RIMM and AGPx4 support,
Athlon users were left in the dark with 100Mhz FSB (Dual 200Mhz
Direct to CPU), DIMM (100Mhz) and AGPx2. The troubles suddenly
escalated when owners of GeForce Graphics cards found that a
problem with the voltage on the AGP slot meant they were forced
into AGPx1 mode or no AGP at all to maintain stability.
after literally months of waiting, VIA launched it's 'Apollo
KX-133' chipset to the public, which was quickly snapped up
by motherboard manufacturers the world over. Speedy3D was able
to get our hands on one of these swanky new boards from Soltek,
so just how does it fare?