"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