Finally, cheap Athlon boards: Via ships KX133
TR's tireless newsman Maizel sends word of a MaximumPC report claiming Via has shipped its KX133 Athlon support chipset:
The chipset will bring enhanced features to Athlon based motherboards such as AGP 4X, ATA/66 and PC133 RAM capabilities.
The KX133 is formed on a .35 micron, two-chip set that consists of the VT8371 North Bridge and the VT82C686A "Super South Bridge" based on a three metal layer process. The chipset allows Athlon motherboard vendors to fabricate PCBs using a four-layer process instead of a six-layer process that is used by the AMD 750 "Irongate" chipset.
This means cheaper, faster Athlon systems are on the way. Can you say "sub-$1K" and "800MHz" together? I knew you could.
Check out Via's KX133 motherboard list for a look at what's coming soon.