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Athlon XP Chipset Shootout - VIA KT400 vs. VIA KT400A vs. nVidia nForce 2

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 12, 2003 4:00 am

MSI KT4 Ultra Specifications

 

CPU

 

Supports Socket A (Socket 462) for AMD Athlon™ XP/Athlon™/Duron™ processor

 

Supports 800MHz up to Athlon™ XP 2700+ processor

 

Chipset

 

VIA KT400 Chipset

 

FSB @200/266/333MHz

 

Supports DDR200/266/333/400* memory

 

AGP 8X and PCI advanced high performance memory controller

 

VIA VT8235 Chipset

 

Dual channel Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode EIDE controller.

 

ACPI & PC2001 compliant enhanced power management.

 

Integrated USB 2.0 controller

 

FSB

 

100/133/166 MHz clocks are supported

 

Main Memory

 

Supports six memory banks using three 184-pin DDR SDRAMs

 

Supports up to 3GB memory size

 

Supports DDR400*/DDR333/DDR266/DDR200 SDRAM

 

No support ECC Function

 

Slots

 

One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot

 

Supports AGP 3.0 4x/8x

 

Six 32-bit PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)

 

On-Board IDE

 

An IDE controller on the VT8235 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes

 

Serial ATA Interface (Optional)

 

Support 2 serial ATA plus 1 ATA133

 

RAID O or 1 are supported

 

RAID function works w/ATA133+SATA H/D or 2 SATA H/D

 

Connect up to 2 Serial ATA devices and 1 ATA133 device

 

Bluetooth (Optional)

 

1 extra pin header for Bluetooth connect connection.

 

Audio

 

C-Media 8738MX 6-channel audio + SPDIF out

 

On-Board Peripherals

 

On-Board Peripherals include:

 

1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes

 

2 serial ports (COM A + COM B)

 

1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode

 

1 IrDA connector for SIR/ASKIR/HPSIR

 

1 audio port

 

6 USB 2.0 ports (Rear * 4/ Front * 2)

 

BIOS

 

The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically

 

The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications

 

ACPI, 1.0a, APM1.2, PnP 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.3, USB 2.0, WFM 2.0, Overclock, Boot from USB device

 

Dimension

 

30.5 cm(L) x 23 cm(W) ATX Form Factor

 

Mounting

 

6 mounting holes

 

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