Custom Motherboard Kits
i740 and Via's MVP3 Compatability
Much Ado about Nothing???
I've recieved many letters in the past two weeks about compatibility issues between Via's
MVP3 CHipset and Intel's 1740 graphics boards. (e.g., Real 3D StarFighter, Stealth II
G460, Intel Express, etc. ) In the FAQ on Via's website it said:
" Q: Is my MVP3 based motherboard compatible with the Intel 740 graphics chipset?
A: Yes, the MVP3 is compatible with the Intel 740 graphics chipset. You need to download
the latest VIA AGP driver ver.2.6 or later. VIA also suggest using the latest Intel 740
driver ver.1.5 or later.
*** Important note: Although VIA offers the AGP driver ver.2.6 for i740 compatibility, we
recommend not using the i740 together with the MVP3 prior to the "CE" revision
of the VT82C598MVP chip ***
You can determine which revision of the MVP3 you have by the markings on the VT82C598MVP
VIA VT82C598MVP 9822CE TAIWAN
The "CE" indicates the later revision, "CD" is the earlier version.
VIA suggests using an AGP card with a different vendor's graphics chip if you have
purchased an earlier "CD" version of the MVP3. Check out our AGP card
compatibility list. "
What this seemed to mean was that if you are running a i740 card on a MVP3 board and are
experiencing problems it's most likely due to the earlier "CD" version. If you
are planning on buying a MVP3 motherboard... check for the "CE" revision
currently in release. Check the marking before buying.
Well, I downloaded and installed the drivers onto my FIC VA-503+ and the
"StarFighter" ran swell for, oh, about two days. Then I noticed a glitch every
now and then for another day before it finally locked up altogether. So I opened up the
case to find, sure enough, the "CD" marking on the MVP3 chipset. A little
perturbed I pulled out the AGP card and tossed in my old ATI All in Wonder Pro PCI card
which takes up the only full length PCI slot on the board and headed over to KillerApp to
see what kind of prices I could find on other non-Intel chipset AGP graphics cards. and
found that Aberdeen was selling the STB Velocity 128 AGP for under $75.00. I am doing this
site pretty much on a shoestring budget so that didn't sound half bad. But before I could
even get it ordered I happened back on the Via FAQ page and a few things had changed. The
VIA MVP3 FAQ no longer contained the statements about the "CE" and
"CD" markings. This could be due to the new "IRQ Routing Miniport
driver" VIA has released. After installing this new IRQ routing miniport driver I
seem to be running in top form and looking forward to recieving the new Diamond Monster 3D
II I had ordered to review on this site on Aug. 1st.
So as a word of advice to all SS7 motherboard owners that are running MVP3 chipsets...
Head on over to Via and get, then install
these drivers. And, oh, you might want to get the latest AGP drivers while your there.
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