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Chip Set Comparison: Is nForce2 In The Lead?

Full Power: NVIDIA Attacks With nForce2
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Chipset VIA Apollo KT333 VIA Apollo KT266A NVIDIA nForce2 NVIDIA nForce
Launch February 2002 September 2001 July 2002 September 2001
Platform Socket 462 Socket 462 Socket 462 Socket 462
Processors AMD Duron/Athlon/XP AMD Duron/Athlon/XP AMD Duron/Athlon/XP AMD Duron/Athlon/XP
Multi-Processor Support no no no no
Northbridge VIA KT333 VIA KT266A NVIDIA nForce2 IGP NVIDIA IGP 128
Southbridge VIA VT8233A VIA VT8233 NVIDIA nForce2 MCP / MCP-T NVIDIA MCP-D
Front Side Bus 100/133 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR
Memory Clock 100/133/166 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR 100/133/166/200 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR
Asynchronous Memory Mode yes yes yes yes
Max. # DIMM 4 4 4 3
Max. RAM 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB
SDRAM Support yes yes no no
DDR-SDRAM Support DDR200, DDR266, DDR333 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266
UltraDMA/33/66/100/133 yes/yes/yes/yes yes/yes/yes/no yes/yes/yes/yes yes/yes/yes/no
# USB 6 6 6 6
Max. # PCI 6 6 6 6
Integrated Graphics no no yes, GeForce4 MX yes, GeForce2 MX
Integrated Sound Chip yes yes yes yes
4x / 8x yes/yes yes/no yes/yes yes/no
ACPI yes yes Yes yes
USB 2.0 / FireWire Yes / no No / no Yes / yes No / no
Chipset AMD 760 SiS 745 ALi Magik 1
Launch February 2001 November 2001 Februar 2001
Platform Socket 462 Socket 462 Socket 462
Processors AMD Duron/Athlon/XP AMD Duron/Athlon/XP AMD Duron/Athlon/XP
Multi-Processor Support no no no
Northbridge AMD 761 SiS 745 ALi M1647
Southbridge AMD 765 integrated ALi M1535D+
Front Side Bus 100/133 MHz DDR 66/100/133 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR
Memory Clock 100/133 MHz DDR 66/100/133 MHz DDR 100/133 MHz DDR
Asynchronous Memory Mode yes yes yes
Max. # DIMM 4 3 4
Max. RAM 2048 MB 3072 MB 1024 MB
SDRAM Support no no yes
DDR-SDRAM Support yes yes yes
UltraDMA/33/66/100/133 yes/yes/yes/no yes/yes/yes/no yes/yes/yes/no
# USB 4 6 6
Max. # PCI 6 6 6
Integrated Graphics no no no
Integrated Sound Chip yes yes yes
4x / 8x yes/no yes/no yes/no
ACPI yes yes yes
USB 2.0 / FireWire No / no No / yes No / no
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