Since I have been particularly impressed with other Iwill motherboards like the KK266 and BD133, I was hoping that my first experience with ALi's Magik 1 chipset and DDRAM would be pleasant. After all the 'buzz' that the industry has been creating about DDR I was expecting to see almost monumental performance results.
The question was; was I setting myself up for a letdown? Would this DDR-based motherboard, sporting an Ali chipset fulfill my preconceived expectations or would it fall short? Well before I answer that question, a little background info is in order on the Ali chipset the Iwill KA266 is based upon.
|IWill KA266 Motherboard|
||Ships with the following:
- IDE CABLE
- FDD CABLE
- Driver CD-ROM
- Spare jumpers
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The last time ALi (Acer Labs Inc) was a major player in the chipset market
was near on 3 years ago when they released what most likely was the fastest
Super Socket 7 chipset, the ALi Aladdin 5. While the Aladdin 5 put AMD's K6-2
line on par with Intel's Pentium II in terms of performance at the time, it was
severely hampered with major compatibility problems.
However the Aladdin's biggest problem was simply that Socket 7 was a dying
formfactor... Intel had already moved to Slot 1 and AMD's roadmap called for a
new and exciting processor that utilized what they called "Slot A." ALi were in
trouble so they basically decided to lay low on the chipset scene for the next
Fast forwarding to the present, ALi decided to make their stake on DDR with
the Magik 1 chipset. VIA, everyone's darling chipset maker, had to delay and
delay the KT266 chipset, and with the AMD 760 being extremely expensive,
everything was in place for ALi to enter the market.
Paired with the Iwill KA266, we see a fully integrated
motherboard with a just about all the bells and whistles you could expect. While
our version can without IDE RAID support the KA266-R will let you set up a RAID-0 configuration if you so desire. The onboard sound
by C-Media is a nice touch for users who aren't looking for more
than a place to plug in a pair of headphones. Real audiophiles
will want to invest in a full fledge audio card naturally.
Lets move forward and examine the full specs on the