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Swansong for the XP Era: VIA KT880 Chipset Challenges nForce2

Optional Gigabit Ethernet

Standard Gigabit: VIA is now delivering the VT6210.

Most people are familiar with VIA's VT6103 network chip, which supports 10 and 100 MBit/s. But now the VT6120 is also available, offering an additional 1 GBit/s.

KT880 Vs. KT600 Vs. nForce 2 Ultra 400

ChipsetVIA KT600VIA KT880NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
LaunchAugust 2003February 2004May 2003
PlatformSocket 462Socket 462Socket 462
ProcessorsAMD Duron/Athlon/XPAMD Duron/Athlon/XPAMD Duron/Athlon/XP
Multi-Processor Supportnonono
NorthbridgeVIA KT600VIA KT880NVIDIA nForce2 SPP
SouthbridgeVIA VT8235/8237VIA VT8237NVIDIA nForce2 MCP / MCP-T
Front Side Bus133/166/200 MHz DDR133/166/200 MHz DDR133/166/200 MHz DDR
MemoryDDR266, DDR333, DDR400DDR266, DDR333, DDR400DDR266, DDR333, DDR400
Asynchronous Memory Modeyesyesyes
Max. DIMMs443
Max. RAM4 GB8 GB3 GB
UltraDMA/33/66/100/133yes/yes/yes/yesyes/yes/yes/yesyes/yes/yes/yes
# USB886
Max. # PCI886
Integrated GraphicsnonoWith nForce2 IGPGeForce4 MX
Integrated Sound5.1 / 7.17.15.1
AGO 4X/8Xyes/yesyes/yesyes/yes
ACPIyesyesyes
USB 2.0 / FireWireyes / noyes / noyes / yes
Ethernet100 MBit/s1 GBit/s100 MBit/s