VIA vs. Intel
VIA and Intel have two South Bridge solutions each:
Besides their excellent modularity, VIA chipsets are very popular for their attractive prices. Today motherboards with Intel's 815 chipset can be up to $ 50 more expensive than products with a VIA chipset!
In addition, the 815 is not capable of working with two CPUs - only the 'shop-soiled' BX is. In contrast, VIA's 694X supports one or two Pentium III CPUs.
Dual Athlon systems are still not quite available yet. AMD presented a first working system a few weeks ago, but we don't expect systems to be available until Q1/2001.
|South Bridge||Intel ICH2 (82801BA)||VIA VT82C686B|
|combined with:||810 (PC100 SDRAM), 815 (PC133 SDRAM), 820 or 840 (each RDRAM) for Intel Pentium III, Celeron or VIA Cyrix III||Apollo Pro 133A (VT82C694X) for Intel Celeron, Pentium III, VIA Cyrix III or Apollo KT133 (VT8363) for AMD Athlon, Duron socketed or Apollo KX133 (VT8371) AMD Athlon slot model|
|IDE Interface||UltraATA/100 (ICH1 only ATA/66)||UATA/100 (VT82C686A only ATA/66)|
|Multiprocessor Support of North Bridge||i820, i840||Apollo Pro 133A (VT82C694X)|
|Package||BGA chip||BGA chip|
|ECC-Support||No/Yes (820+840 w/ RDRAM only)||Yes|
|FSB Clock||66, 100, 133 MHz||66, 100, 133 MHz|
|PCI||PCI 2.2, max. 6 Slots||PCI 2.2, max. 6 Slots|
|I/O||2x serial, 1x parallel||2x serial, 1x parallel, floppy, keyboard, mouse, LM78|
|USB||Up to 4 Ports||Up to 4 Ports|
|Pricing||approx. $ 45||approx. $ 28|