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VIA's K8T800 Pro Bumps up HyperTransport Speed, But Lacks Punch

Athlon64 Chipsets Compared

ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIASiSVIA TechnologiesVIA Technologies
NorthbridgenForce3 1501309 Ball BGA0.15 µmnForce3 250 Gb1309 Ball BGA0.15 µmSiS 755698 Ball BGA0.22 µmK8T800578 Ball BGA0.22 µmK8T800 Pro578 Ball BGA0.22 µm
SouthbridgeintegratedintegratedSiS 964VT8237 539 Ball BGAVT8237 539 Ball BGA
InterconnectStreamThruStreamThruMuTIOL 1 GB/s with HyperStreaming8X V-Link 533 MB/s8X V-MAP 533 MB/s
AGP3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x
Fixed AGP/ PCI clock for overclockingyesyesyesnoyes
System Speed / Hyper Transport8 Bit, 600 MHz Up; 16 Bit, 800 MHz Down16 Bit, 800 MHz Up & Down16 Bit, 800 MHz Up & Down16 Bit, 800 MHz Up & Down16 Bit, 800 MHz & 1 GHz Up & Down
AGPAGP 8xAGP 8xAGP 8xAGP 8xAGP 8x
Memory typeDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAM
Memory classificationDDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB
PCI Slots6x 32 Bit PCI 2.36x 32 Bit PCI 2.36x 32 Bit PCI 2.36x 32 Bit PCI 2.32x PCI-X using VIA VPX26x 32 Bit PCI 2.32x PCI-X using VIA VPX2
IDE Interface2 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/133
Serial ATA-4 Ports2 PortsDriveStation Controller, 2 Ports SATA-150 & SATAlite Interface for 2 additional SATA portsDriveStation Controller, 2 Ports SATA-150 & SATAlite Interface for 2 additional SATA ports
RAID-RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1RAID 0, RAID 1RAID 0, RAID 1 (SATA only)RAID 0, RAID 1 (SATA only)
USB Ports-6x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s8x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s8x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s8x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s
AudioAC97 2.1AC97 2.1AC97 2.1AC97 2.1 or PCI VIA Vinyl AudioAC97 2.1 or PCI VIA Vinyl Audio
Network10/100 NVIDIA MAC10/100/1000 NVIDIA MAC with Firewall10/100 MAC InterfaceVIA Gigabit Ethernet Interface or 10/100 MACVIA Gigabit Ethernet Interface or 10/100 MAC
DriversnForce Unified Driver & ForceWare SuitenForce Unified Driver & ForceWare SuiteDedicated AGP & IDE driversUnified Hyperion 4in1 DriversUnified Hyperion 4in1 Drivers