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. |
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.
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.
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
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