Page 2:Back To The Roots - Continued
Page 3:The Chipside Story
Page 4:Asus CUV4X-M
Page 5:Azza 694TX
Page 6:Biostar M6VCG
Page 7:Elitegroup P6VAP-A+
Page 8:Gigabyte GA-6VX7-4X
Page 9:Gigabyte GA-6VX7-1394
Page 10:IWill VD133 Pro
Page 11:Lucky Star 6VA694
Page 12:MSI MS-6309
Page 13:QDI Advance 10
Page 14:Soltek SL-65KV
Page 15:Soyo SY-7VCA
Page 16:Feature Comparison
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Page 19:Test Setup
Page 20:Benchmark Results - SYSmark 2000 - Windows 98 SE
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IWill VD133 Pro
Board Revision: 1.2
BIOS Version: 34231A (March 6, 2000)
The Slot-1 motherboard VD133 makes use of the older 693A chipset, while this Socket 370 model called VD133 Pro comes with the Socket 370. It is equipped with three DIMM sockets for up to 1.5 GBytes SDRAM, five PCI slots and the AMR slot. The manual makes clear that ECC modules may be used, but the ECC function will not be available. Of course AGP 4x and UltraDMA/66 is supported as well. Wake on LAN or Modem ist also supported.
IWill included a secondary IDE controller chip, the HighPoint HPT368. Thanks to this, the board comes with two additional UltraDMA/66 ports, which can also be used in a RAID configuration. You may either use striping (RAID 0) or mirroring (RAID 1), or a combination of both. Using two or four hard drives will improve the disc subsystem's performance considerably. Still you won't benefit much as long as you don't have applications, which really need high bandwidth. That's e.g. video or audio editing.
But this RAID solution can also be useful if you should have some older hard drives. It's possible to use all of them (up to 4, of course) as one partition by spanning them. For more information about an IDE RAID system, please check the review of Promise's FastTrak66 .
Both connectors for the IDE ports 3 and 4 are situated at the very bottom of the board, which will force you to use quite long IDE cables. On the left, you will find the header for two additional USB ports. IWill did not include the corresponding cable, but at least you will get two UltraDMA/66 cables.
The complete CPU setting is done in the BIOS via IWill's Smart Setting. Here you can select FSB speeds between 66 and 166 MHz. Please take into account that the HighPoint chip won't work at FSB speeds higher than 150 MHz. The sound system comes with one line-in header; other boards feature two or even three.
I liked the almost jumper-free design, as only two jumpers are important: one for CMOS reset and another to disable the IDE RAID chip. Everything is illustrated pretty well in the manual, making the VD133 Pro an excellent featured motherboard, which is easy to handle. I was really disappointed after the benchmarks, as the IWill board was about 15% slower than most other boards in BAPCo's SYSmark 2000 suite first. After upgrading from the initial BIOS (March 6) to the latest one (April 28), performance became considerably better. The charts at the end of this article contain the benchmark results of the slower BIOS. Please check the latest VIA Motherboard round up for the latest results, as they make this great featured board quite interesting now.
- Back To The Roots - Continued
- The Chipside Story
- Asus CUV4X-M
- Azza 694TX
- Biostar M6VCG
- Elitegroup P6VAP-A+
- Gigabyte GA-6VX7-4X
- Gigabyte GA-6VX7-1394
- IWill VD133 Pro
- Lucky Star 6VA694
- MSI MS-6309
- QDI Advance 10
- Soltek SL-65KV
- Soyo SY-7VCA
- Feature Comparison
- Feature Comparison - Continued
- Feature Comparison - Continued
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results - SYSmark 2000 - Windows 98 SE
- Benchmark Results - Quake III Arena - Demo001