Unfortunately, it looks like too many people are too busy choosing sides and not thinking. AMD760 enthusiasts apparently want you to believe that all Via boards are going to be losers. We don’t know that yet.
What we do know is that AMD doesn’t want to be in the chipset business, which makes serious BIOS updating questionable. We think that’s a big factor that should not be glossed over.
We do know that the current AMD760 boards are not very overclocking friendly. You either have to cut bridges of your CPU or install a multiplier switch on the mobo (in the case of the A7M266), or (in the case of the AD11) work with an all-jumper mobo. To us, these are important enough factors to wait until the other guys weigh in. This may end up being the best choice, but the heavy hitters haven’t weighed in yet on the Via. If they strike out, then we’ll say “Buy AMD.” For most, there’s no rush to do this. If you are in a rush, we can’t recommend the MSI Pro266 in its current state, and you’ll have to decide which of your options is more palatable to you.
Could well be the case that a month from now, we’ll find out all the Via boards are lousy and AMD proves to be the better choice. If that’s the case, I won’t hesitate to say that, but it’s too early to say that now.
Who’s side am I on? Anybody picking sides right now is not on your side. Picking sides means putting on mental blinders, and we will never do that. More on that later.