COMPUTEX A little birdie told me about some very interesting events that took place here around or about Computex yesterday. Apparently, a VIA engineer was speaking directly to members of the press about the VIA PCI bus problem that has caused performance and compatibility troubles for some users, and he let slip the precise nature of the problem. It seems VIA's south bridge chips didn't include a PCI extension called bus parking that Intel implemented in its post-BX series of chipsets. Many PCI card makers simply assumed bus parking would be available to them, and when it wasn't, all heck broke loosesnap, crackle, pop on your SoundBlaster.
That's what I hear, anyway.
Driver patches seem to have resolved the worst of the problems for most folks, but PCI card makers have to play along in order to resolve such issues.
VIA claims its newer south bridge chips, especially the 8235 chip showing up in P4X333 and KT400 prototype boards, do not suffer from this problem. The new PCI bus, they claim, performs like a champ. We'll test that theory ourselves soon.
Remember, thoughalways two there are: a master and an apprentice.
|TR's 2017 Christmas giveaway: eight days left and counting||4|
|Rumor: Ryzen 2 set for Q1 2018 and a Fenghuang APU breaks cover||8|
|MSI gives Radeon RX Vega cards an Air Boost||12|
|Corsair's latest SO-DIMM kit takes 32 GB of DDR4 to 4000 MT/s||2|
|Report: Intel Inside co-marketing program will get a budget cut||27|
|Gingerbread House Day Shortbread||17|
|iMac Pro details and release date come into focus||49|
|Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: an overview||25|
|Tuesday deals: NVMe storage, a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and more||9|
|Full disclosure: while I work for Intel; the opinions I express here are my own I think I understanding the issue you ran into. For the Braswell platf...||+35|