VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup - January 2002by Mike Andrawes on January 18, 2002 4:48 AM EST
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KT266A vs. ALi MAGiK 1
The VIA KT266A chipset is VIA's latest solution for AMD processors. It delivers the best performance for AMD users out there at a relatively affordable price. Some of the boards in this roundup can be found for around 100 dollars. KT266A motherboards are also widely available, so you should have no problem finding a variety of them in the local computer stores or especially online.
The chipset is made up of the VIA VT8366A North Bridge and the VT8233 South Bridge connected using VIA's V-Link bus. Regardless of which OS you're running (9x, Me, 2000, XP), in order to setup a KT266A motherboard you simply have to install the most recent VIA 4-in-1 driver, which at the time of publication was v4.37.
Although it was released before the KT266A, the ALi MAGiK 1 definitely lacks the popularity of the KT266A. The performance of the solution isn't as high as the KT266A but to make up for it the price of these boards are usually lower than their VIA counterparts.
The chipset is made up of the ALi M1647 North Bridge and the M1535D+ South Bridge. Much like setting up a VIA based system, downloading the latest drivers from ALi's website is all that is necessary to be on your way.