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The King of the Heap: 4 Chipsets for the Athlon64

An Overview Of All Chipsets

BrandALinVIDIA Corp.SiSVIA Technologies
NorthbridgeM1687564 Ball BGA0.22 µmnForce3 1501309 Ball BGA0.15 µmSiS 755FX698 Ball BGA0.22 µmK8T800578 Ball BGA0.22 µm
SouthbridgeM1563444 Ball BGAintegratedSiS 964VT8237539 Ball BGA
InterconnectHyperTransport1.6 GB/sStreamThruMuTIOL 1 GB/smit HyperStreaming8X V-Link 533 MB/s
AGP3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x3.0 / AGP 8x
Fixer AGP-/PCI-Takt für Overclocking?yesyesno
System Speed / Hyper Transport16 Bit, 800 MHz Up & Down8 Bit, 600 MHz Up ; 16 Bit, 800 MHz Down16 Bit, 800 MHz Up & Down16 Bit, 800 MHz Up & Down
AGPAGP 8xAGP 8xAGP 8xAGP 8x
Memory TypeDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAMDDR SDRAM
Memory SpeedDDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400DDR266/333/400
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB
PCI Slots6x 32 Bit PCI 2.36x 32 Bit PCI 2.3RAID 0+1 (Pro 250 only)6x 32 Bit PCI 2.36x 32 Bit PCI 2.3PCI-X using VIA VPX2
IDE Interface2 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/1332 Ports U-ATA/133
Serial ATA-4 Ports (Pro 250 only)2 PortsDriveStation Controller, 2 Ports SATA-150 & SATAlite Interface for 2 additional SATA ports
RAID-RAID 0, RAID 1RAID 0, RAID 1RAID 0, RAID 1 (SATA only)
USB Ports6x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s6x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s8x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s8x USB 2.0/1.1480 MBit/s
AudioAC97AC97AC97AC97 or PCIVIA Vinyl Audio
Network10/100 MAC Interface10/100/1,000 nVIDIA MAC10/100 MAC InterfaceVIA Gigabit Ethernet Interface
DriversDedicated AGP & IDE driversnForce Unified Driver & ForceWare SuiteDedicated AGP & IDE driversUnified Hyperion 4-in-1 Drivers

Test System

Processor
CPUAthlon 64 3200+ (Socket 754)2.0 GHz 128/1024 kB
CPU CoolerThermalTake Silent Boost K8
Memory
DDR400 (200 MHz)1 x 512 MB / 5nsCorsair TwinX XMS32005, 1.2
Common Hardware
Graphics CardnVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 UltraChip clock : 450 MHzMemory clock : 850 MHz DDR
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD800JB, 7.200 U/Min, 8 MB Cache, Single Platter
DVD/CD-ROMPioneer DVD-106
Network Interface3COM 3C905TX-B PCI, 100 MBit/s
Software
System driversALi Integrated 2.05nVIDIA nForce Drivers 3.13SiS AGP 1.16A, IDE 2.03VIA Hyperion 4in1 4.49
nVIDIA GraphicsDetonator Ver. 53.03
VIA K8T800Hyperion 4in1 14.49
DirectXVersion : 9.0b
OSWindows XP, Build 2600 SP1