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Performance Showdown at 133 MHz FSB - The best Platform for Coppermine
Краткое содержание статьи: Everybody knows it, Pentium III plus an i820-platform with RDRAM is an expensive combination. Therefore many i820-motherboards and systems are sold with Intel's 'MTH' chip and SDRAM instead, without making the customer aware of the horrible performance penalty of this combination. We found out that today the best Pentium III (Coppermine)-platform comes from VIA. The Apollo Pro 133A chipset offers a performance that's close and in some cases even equal to i820 with RDRAM, but at a much more reasonable price point.

Performance Showdown at 133 MHz FSB - The best Platform for Coppermine


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VIA's Apollo Pro 133A, VT82C694X

VIA VT82C694X chip

VIA, who made it into the league of Intel's arch enemies recently, had come out with a chipset that offered 133 MHz FSB (inofficially!) and PC133 SDRAM support already in June 1999. By that time the performance of the Apollo Pro Plus (VT82C693) platforms was rather mediocre though. Then VIA saw its big chance when 'Caminogate' (copyright Mike Magee, The Register) took place. At the time of the Coppermine-launch VIA's Apollo Pro 133 (VT82C693A) was the only performance chipset that supported the 133 MHz FSB and thus the 'real' Coppermine. Nobody was crazy enough to plug this expensive new and fast Intel processor into an i810e-platform, although i810e was at least able to support 133 MHz FSB. The integrated 3D-deccelerator and only PC100 SDRAM support hinder its performance and make it rather unattractive. Anyway, VIA's new Apollo Pro 133A (VT82C694X) chipset now offers full Coppermine support, AGP4x, PC133 SDRAM support instead of the super expensive RDRAM and it comes without any major bugs. Therefore it is the born competitor against Intel's cursed i820 chipset. It took a long while though, until VIA moved from Apollo Pro Plus over Apollo Pro 133 to Apollo Pro 133A. The latter (VT82C694X) finally performs well enough to be considered a performance threat to i820, as Asus' new P3V4X-platform with this new chipset is able to prove impressively.

Quick Comparison

Chipset
Memory
Intel 820
PC 800 RDRAM
Intel 820
PC 100 SDRAM
VIA Apollo Pro 133A
PC 133 SDRAM
AGP 4X 4X 4X
ATA interface UDMA 66 UDAM 66 UDMA 66
USB-Hubs 1 1 2
Supported Slots/Sockets Slot1, FC-PGA370 Slot1, FC-PGA370 Slot1, FC-PGA370, Socket370
Pricing Motherboard medium to high medium to high low
Pricing Memory very high low low

It's pretty obvious that motherboards with VIA's Apollo Pro 133A (VT82C694) chipset are clearly the cheapest solution for Coppermine. If the performance is right, VIA's Coppermine-solution is the clear winner in this competition.
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