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Signal Ground: Socket A Boards Revisited; AOpen's AK73 Pro and Soyo's 7VTA-B

Jan 03, 2001, 19:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Moran, Ken Treis)

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"In our previous article on Socket A boards, we reviewed designs from Soyo and AOpen. Newer versions of both of these boards are now available: Soyo's K7VTA-B and AOpen's AK73 Pro. What do they have to offer the Linux user? We'll tell you what to expect with these latest mobos, and we'll help you squeeze the most performance from them."

"The most significant feature differences between these boards and their elder siblings comes from their use of the newest revision of the VIA southbridge (the 686B). This gives them an ATA-100 (a.k.a. UDMA100) interface, thus bringing them up to date with the latest in ATA hard drive interface technology."

"It's unfortunate that UDMA66 and UDMA100 don't work "out of the box" on these boards yet, but that's hardly the fault of the Linux developers. It'd certainly be helpful if the specs were available to the general public... We think it's reasonable to expect that these modes will work soon, and we'll let you know as progress is made."

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