Abit's KT7ARAID Socket A Motherboard

Abit's KT7A-RAID Socket A Motherboard Don't miss out... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta March 8, 2001 The competition in the CPU and motherboard chipset markets over the last year or so has been incredible. AMD has evolved into Intel's fiercest competitor and are consistently gaining market share. AMD's Athlon line of CPUs have steadily won over power users and budget shoppers alike with their high performance and relatively low prices (at the time this is being written a 1.2GHz T-Bird is selling for $236, while a 1 GHz Pentium III sells for $251). AMD can attribute their current market...

MSI MS6163PRO

 Micro-Star International's MS-6163 Pro   These days there are a new breed of motherboards being brought to market by a few key manufacturers that are designed with the hardcore "overclocker' in mind. Micro-Star International sent us their crowned jewel in this exciting new arena, the MS-6163 Rev. 2.0, otherwise know as the MS-6163 Pro. Here's what we thought. The Specs CPU: Support Intel(R) Pentium(R) II/III & CeleronTM processor up to 550MHz or faster. F.S.B. supports 66/75/78/81/83/90/95/100/105/110/112/115/117/120/122/124(31) 124(41)/126/133/135/138/140/142/144/150/155MHz...

Micro Star International's MS6167 Athlon Board

     Driving The Athlon MIcro-Star's MS-6167 AMD Based Motherboard       Finally, the playing field is begining to level out somewhat in the Processor/Motherboard arena. The consumer is no longer limited to one processor and chipset family that will provide top end performance. For many years competitors to Intel tried to compete in the "Value PC" market nipping at Intel's margins for what was then thought to be the mainstream PC. The high end space was always filled by product produced by the king of the technology hill, Intel. Many of these competitors...

MSI MS6309

Micro Star International's  MS-6309 VIA Apollo Pro133A - Coppermine Ready Socket 370 Infused April 10, 2000 By Dave Altavilla   The past few months have been very interesting for the PC Motherboard market.  As we all know, Intel skipped a beat with respect to release of its own PC133 compatible chipset with the i820.  In the mean time, VIA has begun to show up in almost every Motherboard Manufacturer's offering, in many cases as a high end product solution.  The value space has always been a place where VIA plays well.  This time, they are filling the void at both...

Microstar International's MS6337 i815E Pro

Microstar International's MS-6337 - i815E Pro Our second pass at the i815E and it gets better every time. By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 9/27/00   You probably have noticed...  Intel's latest motherboard chipset the i815E, has taken hold with virtually all of the major motherboard manufacturers as a major component in their mainstream and high end product offering.  Not long ago product offerings were a flood with boards based on the VIA Apollo Pro133A chipset.  However, now that Intel finally has their own PC133 ready product out the door, we knew it wouldn't be long before...

MSI MS850Pro

MSI  850Pro MSI's P4 Board Driven By the i850 By Dave Altavilla 2/12/01   MSI -  Micro-Star International, has long been known for top quality motherboards designed with the Performance or Power User in mind.  In addition, they are typically one of the first few vendors out of the gate with a new technology or motherboard platform.  The third Pentium 4 or Socket 423 based motherboard to be tested here at HotHardware was sent to us from this veteran player in the field.    The MS850Pro is an i850 based motherboard from MSI that goes head to head with the likes...

MSI 694T Pro Motherboard Review

  MSI's 694T Pro Motherboard Let's Shed Some Light on the Subject By, Jeff Bouton September 6th, 2001     When one thinks of quality motherboards, several manufacturers come to mind, one of which has to be MSI.  For over 15 years, MSI has been producing some of the finest computer products on the market and today we've reviewed yet another, the 694T Pro Motherboard.  This model being the first of their motherboards to sport the new VIA Apollo Pro133T Chipset, offering support for Intel's new "Tualatin" processor.       With the promising results...

Shuttle AV61 VIA Apollo Pro 133 Motherboard

The past couple of days I?ve had a chance to get familiar with Shuttle?s new AV61 motherboard based on the VIA 133 chipset.  I hit a few speed bumps along the way, but ended up pleased.  This board has a strong list of features, at a fantastic price point, so if your itching to replace your BX mobo, and the i820/RAMBUS combo is too pricey; this is definitely worth a look. AV61 Specifications / Features VIA Apollo Pro133 vintage CPU Support (Slot 1) Pentium III/II processors: 266 ? 733+mhz Celeron processors: 266 ? 533mhz Chipset VIA VT82C693A VIA VT82C596B WinBond W83977EF-AW   Memory...

Sono International 1008S

Sono International's 1008S Newcomers to the PC Motherboard arena? Not really!   When Sono contacted me about reviewing their new Slot 1 Motherboard, I have to admit I was a little in the dark. At first I thought... Sono? Who? Then I received the eval unit. I was pleasantly surprised. This board seemed to be designed well. I also liked the fact that I got on board audio AND 4 PCI Slots. Sono has been in this business for over 9 years now. They are definitely not new to the scene. As you can see in the above shot, the layout is clean. and straight forward. One area of note was that the board...

Soyo SYTISU Motherboard Review

Soyo's SY-TISU Motherboard All Overclockers Welcome By, Jeff Bouton August 20, 2001 With the July release of Intel's new Tualatin processor, we are seeing an ever increasing number motherboard manufacturers incorporating support for the new processor into their designs.  And why not?  The PIII Tualatin CPU, based on a 0.13-micron manufacturing process, it capable of running at faster speeds while requiring less power than its predecessors based on a .18-micron process.   Marry those qualities up with the i815EP's B-stepping and you have the makings of a high-performance system,...

Soyo's K7ADA ALi DDR Socket A Mobo!

Soyo's K7ADA ALi DDR Socket A Mobo... With some Crucial PC2100 RAM and a WBK38 thrown in! By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta April 18, 2001    It seems that regardless of which PC component we speak of today the subject of bandwidth, and more specifically memory bandwidth, seems to take center stage. Recent discussions in the video card arena have really brought the importance of alleviating the memory bandwidth bottleneck to the top of many enthusiasts' minds. Video cards are not the only parts where performance gains can be realized by increasing available bandwidth though. In the...

Soyo Press Release 12/20/99

 SOYO ANNOUNCES 10 NEW MOTHERBOARDS FOR CAMINO, ATHLON, PENTIUM II/III and SOCKET 370 CPUs New Designs Support Leading Edge 750/800MHz CPUs/Chipset Technology, Consumer-based PCs with Integrated Multimedia, and "Designer" Internet Appliances FREMONT, CA  (January 3, 2000) - Soyo, Inc. rings in the new year with 10 new motherboards and a new IEEE-1394 Firewire adapter to jump start year 2000 sales to system integrators and endusers building Camino, Athlon, consumer PCs as well as Internet appliances.  All new Soyo motherboards support next generation CPUs, chipsets, and...

Asus P4T Pentium 4 i850 Motherboard

Asus P4T Pentium 4 i850 Motherboard Beyond Intel's Reference Design By Dave Altavilla 12/19/00   The maturation process has begun with respect to Pentium 4 Motherboard offerings.  The first wave of product from various major manufacturers is beginning to hit the streets.  The designs are improving and with them the performance and configurations of the various models.  There is a long road ahead for the Pentium 4 and what we are seeing now in support hardware is still in its infancy. This is our take on a new Pentium 4 motherboard from Asus, the P4T.  It is based on the...

Pentium 4 Adventures In Overclocking With The Asus P4T

Pentium 4 - Adventures In Over-clocking Pushing the limits with the help of Asus' P4T i850 Motherboard By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 12/11/00       Once in a while we get a product into the lab here at HotHardware that is just plain fun to work with.  As a result, we like to take our time with a full review of the product so we have plenty of time to "live with it" before passing judgment.  We have been working and living with Asus P4T Motherboard for about a week now and we have been able to do some pretty interesting tricks with it while having a lot...

ECS P6BXTA+

The Elitegroup P6BXT-A+ It's two boards in one!   The poeple at ECS really decided to do something different this time. They put their Marketing Hats on and decided to bring the Reseller/Custom Configurers and the End User community a board with a great deal of flexibility! They let go of conventional design practices and really thought "out of the box" with this board! Take a look at the picture below. You aren't seeing things. This board has both a Socket370 and a Slot 1 on it! Now, instead of being limited to only one or the other of the two most recent Intel CPU interfaces, you...

Abit's SA6R i815E With Highpoint ATA100 RAID Controller

Abit's SA6R - i815E With Highpoint ATA100 RAID Controller The i815E board with an attitude and a 1GHz. Flip Chip to back it up By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 11/1/00   Motherboards mature, like fine wine as the months go on, after a new chipset is released.  Intel has had the highly anticipated i815E integrated chipset out for a few months now and the Motherboard Manufacturers are really beginning to polish their product line offerings based on this chipset. At first, we saw some pretty straight forward designs with not too many frills or extras beyond the i815E's well rounded feature...

Abit SE6 and BX133RAID i440BX versus i815 !

Abit's SE6 and BX133-RAID The Intel PC133 BX versus i815 - Where the rubber meets the road. By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 7/30/00   As the saying goes, "old habits die hard".  In this case, power users have turned the Intel BX chipset platform time and time again, for no compromise high end PC performance.  As technology matures, there are always "trailing edge" standbys that are not quick to adopt new standards.  For many folks, today's new mix of "PC133" based products from Intel doesn't offer enough incentive to make the jump over to the...

Shuttle's AV30 VIA Apollo Pro 266 Motherboard

Shuttle's AV30 VIA Apollo Pro 266 DDR Motherboard With a Dash of Crucial PC1600 DDR RAM... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 2/8/2001   The motherboard market is about to go through yet another large transition...maybe. In the year 2000 we saw the once omni-present, dominant Intel take a few too many punches on the chin, and they ended up losing a ton of ground in the motherboard chipset market. AMD's Athlon was selling in droves, and one company especially, VIA Technologies, took advantage and met the demand with a whole line of chipsets to compliment AMD's CPU. VIA also took full advantage...

Shuttle Spacewalker AE23 i815EP Motherboard

The Shuttle Spacewalker AE23 i815EP Motherboard A Diamond in the Rough... By Jeff Bouton May 9, 2001   Since 1990, the Taiwan based Shuttle Computer Group Inc. has been producing high quality computer components. Providing a wide variety of products ranging from Video cards, motherboards, memory modules, and accessories has allowed Shuttle to profit in an increasingly competitive market. Their Spacewalker series of motherboards has been winning awards for several years for both quality and performance. Tonight we'll be taking a look at yet another addition to the Spacewalker family, the Shuttle...

Shuttle AV14 Socket 370 VIA Apollo Pro 133A

Shuttle AV14 Socket 370 Motherboard It's does everything right...but nothing great. By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 10 / 12 / 2000    My first assignment when I initially joined the Hot Hardware team was to review a VIA Apollo Pro 133 based board, the AV61 from Shuttle Inc. I was very excited to get my hands on this product, because at that time the 440BX had already been available for quite a while and was lacking some of the features the Apollo 133 brought to the table. I wasn't very familiar with Shuttle products so I was also intrigued by the opportunity to test hardware from another...

Shuttle AE25R Motherboard Review

  Shuttle's AE25R Motherboard Twice The Fun By, Jeff Bouton September 25th, 2001   It seems like it was just yesterday when I was running a state of the art 486 processor at 33MHz. and a whopping 16MB of RAM.  A hot new game called Doom had everyone talking and I had just installed a brand new 2X CD-ROM drive in my rig.  Since then (thankfully), the industry has seen a steady influx of new technologies, as well as improvements upon existing ones, that have raised the bar of performance to what at the time seemed improbable.  Countless times through the years we?ve heard...

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