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New 133a chipset!

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Knight

New Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2000
Hello,
I was suggested to wait a couple more weeks for the new 133a chipset before buying my mobo and Thunderbird.
I haven't found the new Abit KT7a mobo yet...is it out?
I also haven't found the Asus A7va mobo yet either.
SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE NEW KT133A CHIPSET BEFORE BUYING MY 2 NEW COMPUTERS? IN WHAT WAY ARE THEY BETTER THAN REGULAR KT133?

Thank you very much for your help!

Best Regards,

NTL
 

Vector

Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2000
Location
Baton Rouge, LA
k, this is the deal...
The original KT133 chipset ran 100MHz fsb but would allow the memory to memory to run asynchronous at 133MHz--yeah, everyone knows that...and no one really cared because the Eve6 processor interface REALLY runs at 200MHz fsb right?--WRONG

The athlon runs at 200MHz DDR, which THEORETICALLY gives double the memory bandwith, but usually falls to about 70-80% of the theoretical bandwith--fairly decent actually...

Unfortunately, the asynchronous architecture of the KT133 really hurt performance-----[simple explanation]--since the memory and fsb are not working at the same speed, they were not able to communicate with each other as well (imagine a telephone conversation that had a reoccurring 1 second long beep every five seconds--you would have to repeat yourself for that lost second and it would take longer to relay the information you had to get over)...this pretty much nullified the benefits of AMD's DDR fsb...but

Now, with the KT133A, the effects of DDR fsb are finally showing...any benchmark clearly shows this...

So, in answer to your question: you should wait for the KT133A