VIA's KT266A: The Saga Continuesby Anand Lal Shimpi on September 3, 2001 1:08 AM EST
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No New Name
Marketing departments always want to run wild with establishing catchy new names and phrases for the great technology that comes out of semiconductor companies like VIA. So what kept the KT266A from being called VIA’s GoliathForce Turbo? A big concern that motherboard manufacturers have to face whenever dealing with a new chipset is the time to market for the solution. If a new chipset however attractive the features may be, requires a new motherboard layout then it’s immediately a longer time to market and a pain to implement.
Luckily, VIA has always been friendly to their neighboring motherboard manufacturers
The rest of the chipset remains unchanged. It’s still connected to the same VT8233 South Bridge using a V-Link connection. For more information on the chipset check out our original review of the VIA KT266.
We tested on a VIA KT266A Reference Board but shipping boards should be able to offer similar performance. The first boards should hit the market next month.