Page 1:In The Spotlight: FX Boards From Asus, Gigabyte And MSI
Page 2:Athlon 64 FX 51
Page 3:Memory Matters: Registered DDR
Page 4:Cool & Quiet: Not For The FX
Page 5:Next Round: Pricing War Between Intel And AMD
Page 6:Asus SK8N
Page 7:Asus SK8V
Page 8:Asus SK8V, Continued
Page 9:Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP-940
Page 10:MSI K8T Master
Page 11:Test System
Page 12:Benchmark Results
Page 13:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
Page 14:Synthetic: 3D Mark 2003
Page 15:Main Concept MPEG-Encoder
Page 16:3D Studio Max 5.1
Page 17:Summary: MSI In The Lead Thanks To Smart Choice Of Chipset
Page 18:Table Of Features
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Board Revision: 1.00
BIOS Version: Beta
The SK8V came to us as a pilot series model and will carry a higher version number in retail stores. Among the changes is a wide range of possible CPU voltages and the option of changing the multiplier.
Unlike the SK8N the SK8V uses the VIA chipset, which we observed to have somewhat better performance. However, the Asus board with the K8T800 chipset is still slightly behind the MSI K8T Master. This might change with the version shipped, but surely huge advances can no longer be expected.
What really stands out about this board is the virtually unlimited functional scope - Asus has integrated practically every feature and component possible. Starting with controllers for UltraATA/133 and Serial ATA, a RAID chip from Promise, Gigabit Ethernet controller from 3COM/Marvel, two FireWire 400 ports, and a sound system, all the way to a wireless LAN option (in the Deluxe version) they thought of everything.
Even the package contents are generous: all cables and adapters are included, from SATA and IDE cables to slot modules for the FireWire and USB ports.
Gigabit Ethernet from 3COM and FireWire 400 from VIA.
Color-coded ports make it easy to recognize each connector.
- In The Spotlight: FX Boards From Asus, Gigabyte And MSI
- Athlon 64 FX 51
- Memory Matters: Registered DDR
- Cool & Quiet: Not For The FX
- Next Round: Pricing War Between Intel And AMD
- Asus SK8N
- Asus SK8V
- Asus SK8V, Continued
- Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP-940
- MSI K8T Master
- Test System
- Benchmark Results
- Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
- Synthetic: 3D Mark 2003
- Main Concept MPEG-Encoder
- 3D Studio Max 5.1
- Summary: MSI In The Lead Thanks To Smart Choice Of Chipset
- Table Of Features