Asus A7V-133 -vs- A7A-266 ?

By Mito ยท 4 replies
Mar 8, 2002
  1. Asus a7a 133


    I just purchased an A7A 133. What are the main differences between a7a133 and a7a266? One difference is the use of DDR memory. But what else?

    What exactly is FSB?

  2. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Hello..FSB is front side bus. This is the bus speed of the memory. There is obviously going to be a speed increase with the A7A266 board over the A7A133. That is pretty much it. DDR is going to be the way of the future so I guess your fighting obsolescense with the A7A266.
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I think you mean the A7V133 ( V = VIA ) based on the KT133a chipset. It's basiclly a KT133 with added 133mhz Athlon FSB support. It still uses PC133 SDram.

    The A7A266 ( A = Ali ) is based on the Ali Magik which supports SDRam & DDRam ( DDR works better of course ). Here's a review of it -> ASUS A7A266 - ALi Review. There's a new revision of this chipset which places it near the KT266a in terms of performance.

    In case you were refering to the A7V266 ( Via KT266 ) or A7V266-E ( Via KT266a the one I have :grinthumb ). They only support DDRam.

    If you're looking forward to an upgrade, I highly suggest you take a KT266a based mainboard. The KT333 ones are coming out thus making the KT266a ones a bit cheaper. The KT333 probably won't be taking off until the Athlon upgrades to a 166 FSB.

    Here's a some more reviews :

    ASUS' KT266A Mainboard Review

    VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup @ Anandtech
  4. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    I thought there was something wrong with the A7A thing...Didou is correct. If you want to get the latest and greatest go with a KT266a based board. They are the fastest yet. MSI seems to have a very good model with the K7T266a.
  5. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

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