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Iwill VD133Pro VIA Apollo 133A Motherboard Review

Iwill VD133Pro VIA Apollo 133A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Good, bad, or indifferent. Whatever your thoughts and/or feelings may be of the VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset, the fact remains that it has given a strong boost of support to Intel's newer range of processors.
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External Mfg. Website: Iwill Jun 11 2000   P. Masrani  
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Overclocking / Stability



Iwill's VD133Pro does not come without a touch of irony. With an excellent array of FSB speeds of 66, 68, 75, 80, 83, 90, 95, 100, 103, 105, 110, 112, 115, 124, 130, 133, 135, 138, 140, 144, 150, 155, 160 and 166MHz, this motherboard includes a great deal of flexibility. However, on the flip side of the coin, this motherboard does NOT allow the user to manually adjust Vcore voltage. Minus boards which support speed increments and decrements of 1MHz, the VD133Pro has the most amount of FSB options that I have ever seen.

Though I am certainly giving due credit for this fact, it is however, equally important to have the option to modify processor voltage. Having been a witness to the stability of Iwill products, I can confidentially state that an addition of manual Vcore modification would put the VD133Pro among the best boards for overclocking.

My experiences with the practical ability of overclocking was met with some satisfaction. The best board I have used in overclocking was able to run the Celeron 400 at 600MHz with a great deal of instability. The same was experienced with the VD133Pro. Though it does sport a good number of FSB's, the higher speeds are pretty much unattainable unless one has manual voltage selection.

Aside from the voltage and FSB options, there are quite a number of other tweaking options from the BIOS. Bank wise SDRAM timing is available to configure your memory modules. If each DIMM exhibits different access times, each DIMM bank can set with asynchronous timings with respect to configurations of the other modules.

SDRAM cycle length (or CAS latency) can set manually set at either 2 or 3. One of the more important tweaks available on the VD133Pro is the ability to run your memory modules at either +/- 33MHz with respect of the system clock. A very useful feature, especially when running 100MHz CPUs way over spec. Though PC100 DIMM's have been known to tolerate up to a 30% overclock (or higher), not ALL of them can do that. For those who have DIMM's with little tolerance, you will be pleased of this feature.

In short, a very stable board with just about every overclocking feature which is desired.

Conclusions

The VD133Pro is the very first motherboard to incorporate IDE RAID. This is certainly an impressive feat from Iwill especially since this first implementation has worked out so problem free... a direct contrast to MANY innovative products rolling off of the assembly line for the first time. As seen in the Winstone benchmarks, we were certainly impressed that Iwill has also kept the board performing as good and better than the Soltek 67KV.

The motherboard's RAID subsystem performed like a charm. In disk transfers which consist of sequential reads, the controller enabled transfers in excess of twice the speed of a single drive disk array. This type of RAID certainly provides for a cost effective solution for servers and operators of graphical intensive applications.

Consistency has been the theme of Iwill lately. High performing, stable and reliable products are what set them apart from the competition. And the VD133Pro furthers the feats that Iwill has accomplished...

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Contents of Article: Iwill VD133Pro
 Pg 1.  Iwill VD133Pro VIA Apollo 133A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions
 Pg 3.  Installation
 Pg 4.  Winstone Performance
 Pg 5.  RAID 0 Performance
 Pg 6.  — Overclocking / Stability

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