Captain Ned wrote:Shuffled the last VIA box (MSI KT400A) to the local recycle place a couple of weeks ago. I agree with your observation that proper mobo design (MSI in both of our exemplars) went a long way to nullifying Darth VIA.
It could very well be that MSI was the only one of the major mobo vendors who really knew how to tame VIA's chipsets. Over the years I've dealt with VIA-based boards from several mobo vendors -- MSI, DFI, Abit, FIC, and Asus (normally my brand of choice). MSI seemed to be the only one of these whose VIA-based boards were consistently free of annoying quirks.
Captain Ned wrote:More on the topic: I have been conditioned over time to inherently distrust on-mobo NIC setups as I've had issues with every mobo NIC I've owned (sample size is 3, so the confidence level is barely above random). The interesting part of that is that the integrated NICs on mobos I've bought for desktop builds have always given me trouble, yet the NICs integrated into the myriad of laptops I've used in my work life have never burped once.
The only serious onboard NIC issues I can recall ever having were with nVidia; and the fix was easy once you knew what it was (uninstall the piece of crap firewall package that came bundled with the drivers).
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