After much deliberation I just finally decided I was going to get the Epox EP-8K9A2+ or the Soyo KT400 Dragon Ultra, but then I realized I forgot to take the new Asus and Epox Nforce2 boards in to consideration. I plan on using pc2700 so the ddr400 issue is of no significance to me. Speed, reliability, and to a lesser extent, overclocking are the important factors. I also will be using a Radeon 9700 pro with the new board and don't know if Nvidia may have snuck some sneaky sabotage [-peep-] in their chips so ppl have to use their graphics card...thought I'm probably just being paranoid there. As THG is yet to compare the 2 chipsets I would be grateful for any info anyone could give on this matter.
From all benchmarks ive seen the KT333 is better than the KT400, but the nforce2 seems to have a more efficient memory controller, giving better results for those tests that need memory bandwidth, especially with 2 sticks.
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I would go with the nforce2, KT400 seems to just be a load of crap. Plus if you're interested in the onboard sound or LAN, both of those are fabulous on the nforce2. And I really doubt you have to worry about any sabotage.
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First of all, Soyo wanted $15 for the same warranty service Abit does for free, and that's under Soyo's "free replacement" warranty, it's a "handling" fee. Like I want to pay somebody to put their hands on my board when Abit will molest my boards for free!
Anyway, I've been complaining for years about VIA bugs. They get smaller but they still persist. When I first came to this forum, few of the members knew anything about it, but I think my screaming and the presses exposure has helped a few others to get off the VIA train to hell.
Anyway, Tom's published a test today that showed the nForce2 clearly supperior in all benchmarks. I'm not a big nVidia fan, but it's clearly the lesser of two evils, and their chip supports a very nice set of features.
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