Archives: Motherboards

Iwill DVD266-R Dual Socket 370 Motherboard Review

We don’t get too many dual mobos coming through these parts, but when we do I am always slightly more giddy than usual. There is something about being at the helm of two phat CPUs that I find most excellent, which you already know if you’ve read our last dual mobo review, that of the EPoX D3VA.
May 22nd, 2001

Soyo SY-7VDA Socket 370 Motherboard Review

The Apollo Pro 266 chipset is VIA’s latest offering for the Intel Pentium III processor. As the successor to the Apollo Pro 133A, the 266 is a significant release on several fronts, the reasons for which we will take a look at in a moment. The 266 is comprised of the VT8633 V-Link Host North Bridge and the VT8233 V-Link Client South Bridge (V-Link is one of the significant improvements). The South Bridge is quite similar to the 686B except the 8233 contains the PCI bus interface, it can support up to 6 USB ports, and it has an integrated 10/100 Ethernet controller.
May 11th, 2001

Soyo 7IS2 Socket 370 Motherboard Review

The SY-7IS2 is a Socket370 motherboard based on the Intel i815EP chipset. The i815E introduced ATA100 and a second USB controller to the i815 chipset and the only major difference with the i815EP is the removal of onboard video.
March 29th, 2001

Shuttle AV32 Socket 370 Motherboard Review

The coolest feature on the AV32 is the support for both DDR and SDR SDRAM which is ideal for people who already own PC100 / PC133 RAM. Despite this, having the ability to use either type of SDRAM is extremely useful and will save you a fair chunk of change if you already own SDR SDRAM. If you don’t already own that RAM, there is much less of a reason to purchase this board because having the two types of DIMM slots on the board increases its price.
February 26th, 2001

Epox 3SPA3 Review

The Epox 3SPA3 is equipped with a newer version of the i815 chipset, referred to as the i815EP (Intel sure loves adding letters onto their product codes, don’t they?). Before this version came the i815E which introduced a second USB controller as well as support for ATA 100. The major difference with the i815EP is the removal of the on-board video (hallelujah!) which both the original i815 and i815E feature.
January 23rd, 2001

Epox D3VA Review

A common denominator between most computer enthusiasts is the wish list. These lists are usually comprised of either really expensive or really extravagant items that hold only a faint hope of ever being purchased. One item that shows up more often than any other (for the power users anyway) is a dual processor system. Up until recently, SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) based systems were privy solely to the high-workstation and server markets, well out of the price range for the majority of consumers. Thankfully, things have changed.
December 4th, 2000

Epox 3VCA2+ Review

The Epox 3VCA2+ is an updated version of the 3VCA2 model, which itself is an updated model of the original 3VCA that was released about 8 months ago. Some of the issues regarding the original board, such as a lack of CPU core voltage configuration, have been ironed out in these newer models, making this board a much more attractive solution to overclockers.
November 23rd, 2000