All Chipsets Compared
|Northbridge||nForce3 Ultra||755FX||K8T800 Pro|
|CPU Support||Athlon 64 & FXSempron||Athlon 64 & FXSempron||Athlon 64 & FXSempron|
|Socket Support||Socket 754, 939||Socket 754, 939||Socket 754, 939|
|HyperTransport||800 MHz, 1 GHz||800 MHz, 1 GHz||800 MHz, 1 GHz|
|Graphics Interface||AGP 3.0 / 8X||AGP 3.0 / 8X||AGP 3.0 / 8X|
|Architecture||Single Chip||Two Chip||Two Chip|
|Chip Interconnect||-||MuTIOL1066 MB/s||Ultra V-Link1066 MB/s|
|PCI||6x 32 Bit PCI 2.3||6x 32 Bit PCI 2.3||6x 32 Bit PCI 2.3|
|Audio||AC97 2.17.1-Channel||AC97 2.3||AC97 2.3 (VIA Vinyl 6-Channel)PCI Audio (Vinyl 8-Channel)|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Ethernet+ NVIDIA Firewall||MII 100 MBit/s||Integrated 100 MbitDedicated VIA Velocity Gigabit|
|Storage||2x UltraATA/1334x SATA-150||2x UltraATA/1332x SATA-150||2x UltraATA/1332x SATA-150|
|RAID Support||Mode 0, 1, 0+1||RAID 0, 1, JBOD||Mode 0, 1, JBOD|
|USB||8x USB 2.0||8x USB 2.0||8x USB 2.0|
The MSI board with VIA chipset would not run at exactly 2,400 MHz, which means we were working at a slightly elevated rate of 2,411 MHz.
To maintain comparable values for all the boards, we increased the clock speed of the NVIDIA and SiS chipsets so that CPU-Z reported the two running at 2,412 MHz. With the memory, we had to do without the ideal timings of CL 2.0-2-2-5 because it didn’t work with the SiS board - the Aquamark crashed several times with this setting. This was not the case with the reference board - SiS certainly didn’t have the extreme Corsair modules available. We decided to use CL2.0-3-2-6, which can now be attained with high-value modules from other manufacturers.