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New Duron chipset Via KLE133

New Duron chipset Via KLE133

The Taiwanese chipset manufacturer Via Technologies will publish the KLE133, a new chipset with integrated graphics, which has been specially designed for the low-cost segment. The frontside bus is limited to 100MHz, so that the new Athlon-C models with 133MHz frontside bus cannot be used. Via also excludes the Athlon B with 100MHz FSB as a 'partner' of the KLE133.

Buyers of an Athlon should be then you will probably resort to one of the more expensive alternatives, the KT133A or the KT266 with support for DDR memory. However, due to the fact that the Duron and the Athlon use the same bus protocol, it shouldn't be a problem to get an Athlon-B to work in a KLE133 mainboard. Whether that really makes sense remains to be seen. The prerequisite for this, however, is that the mainboards with the KLE133 are designed for the high power consumption of the Athlon. The integrated 'CyberBlade' graphics chip comes from Trident and is connected via AGP. You won't be able to retrofit an AGP graphics card either, since an AGP slot is not planned. The graphics chip uses the shared memory architecture, so it does not have its own memory, but accesses the system's main memory. PC-100 and PC-133 SD-RAM modules can be used as working memory, DDR memory is not supported. A PC based on the KLE133 is therefore not suitable for 3D applications, but it can probably be purchased inexpensively as a workstation computer.

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