VIA KT266A CHIPSET DRIVER

Much of the success of the AMD Athlon XP’s launch can be attributed to this chipset which performs so very well and allows the processor to truly spread its wings. Around the Computex timeframe VIA was feeling quite a bit of pressure as it seemed like motherboard vendors were tempted by SiS’ and the then forthcoming nForce. Fast-forwarding to the present day, many of VIA’s fears were unwarranted. Intel will not only develop CPUs but also the platforms they run on and not to mention all of the other technologies that are now further enabled by the processors. There is still much potential for the chipset with more affordable solutions coming this year but it seems like we were all a little too optimistic about how revolutionary NVIDIA’s first shot at a PC chipset would be. AMD remains very focused on CPUs and only rises to the role of a chipset manufacturer when it’s absolutely necessary. The Athlon itself would have never succeeded had it not been for VIA’s support but as any business mind will tell you, it’s dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket.

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Other than ECS’ extremely low-priced K75SA, there were no more than a handful of boards made based on the chipset.

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ABIT KR7A (VIA KTA chipset) Review

Log kr266a Don’t have an account? Back in the Socket-7 days it was Intel that provided the majority of the chipsets, and eventually VIA took over the role. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. While most manufacturers won’t touch their Pentium 4 chipsets with a 10 foot pole, there isn’t a single motherboard manufacturer in Taiwan that isn’t happy to feature the KTA chipset.

Around the Computex timeframe VIA was feeling quite a bit of pressure as it seemed like motherboard vendors were tempted by Jt266a and the then forthcoming nForce. While the SiS exhibited excellent performance combined with a very low cost, motherboard manufacturers were not quick to adopt the solution.

The nForce platform will be an interesting one to keep an eye on, but it’s not destined to replace VIA’s role in the Athlon’s growth anytime soon. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

AMD remains very focused on CPUs and only rises to the role of a chipset manufacturer when it’s absolutely necessary. Much of the success of the AMD Athlon XP’s launch can be attributed to this chipset which performs so very well and allows the processor to truly spread its wings. We still firmly believe in the capabilities of the chipset but what was originally the highlight of Computex fizzled at its official shipping launch in late There is still much potential for the chipset with more affordable solutions coming this year but it seems like we were all a little too optimistic about how revolutionary NVIDIA’s first shot at a PC chipset would be.

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The Athlon itself would have never succeeded had it not been for VIA’s support but as any business mind will tell you, it’s dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket. Intel will not only develop CPUs but also the platforms they run on and not to mention all of the other technologies that are now further enabled by the processors.

With a chipset this important, how could we not make a roundup out of it? Fast-forwarding to the present day, many of VIA’s fears were unwarranted.