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VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT - Conclusions

It's time for the battle of the big guns in the AMD Athlon 64 motherboard department. We've collected three high-end performance motherboards from Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT which are all based on VIA's K8T800 chipset and tossed them all in the ring to fight it to the death with our still shiny Athlon 64 3200+ processor. Let the fight begin ladies and gentleman!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 29, 2003 5:00 am

Conclusions

 

- Gigabyte Conclusion

 

The Gigabyte motherboard comes with the best package out of the three without a question of doubt. Everything looks great and it has a large number of good features. One of the worst things is the inclusion of only two Serial ATA ports. The DPS system is a good idea and we have seen Gigabyte use it for a while now. The only thing you wonder is why would Gigabyte need to use such a device to get stability? During testing we didn't have any problems with stability on the other motherboards.

 

As far as speed goes it is just as quick as the MSI and it will come down to a decision between wanting the bigger package or preferring a particular brand over another. A couple more Serial ATA ports would have been nice but Gigabyte has given us absolutely everything you would need for your first Athlon 64 powered system.

 

- Pros

 

Great color coordination

 

Very Fast

 

Excellent package

 

DPS for extra stability

 

- Cons

 

Only two Serial ATA ports

 

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Features Award

 

 

- MSI Conclusion

 

While MSI has the smallest package out of the three, it is definitely not the slowest. The red PCB looks great and if you're into case modding at any degree, the MSI motherboard would be ideal. Less features help keep the cost down and if you're interested in a motherboard that has a top name and is fast, you may have found your match.

 

MSI has produced another good motherboard that has no problems holding up against the Gigabyte solution. If you can't decide which particular motherboard you want but don't think you will use all the features that the ABIT and the Gigabyte have on hand then don't look past the MSI motherboard. High performance with a simple package... there's nothing wrong with that, we say!

 

- Pros

 

Great colored PCB

 

Simple package which helps reduce price

 

Head to Head with Gigabyte in performance

 

- Cons

 

Smallish package, not as many nifty goodies

 

Passive Northbridge cooler

 

Rating - 8.5 out of 10

 

- ABIT Conclusion

 

While the ABIT motherboard did not prove to be the fastest of the bunch, it definitely has a lot of unique features that stand out from the others such Secure IDE.

 

If you're a fan of your Serial ATA hard drives you can't look past the KV8-MAX3. The ability to hold many hard drives, the latest in motherboard cooling technology as well as all the little bits and pieces you get in the box make it an excellent choice.

 

The motherboard is excellent and ABIT has always got the enthusiast in mind when it comes to producing. Overall we see not the fastest motherboard but a bucket load of features that help even things out making it a potentially excellent purchase.

 

- Pros

 

Excellent Package

 

Many unique features

 

OTES Cooling

 

Six Serial ATA ports

 

- Cons

 

Slower at times

 

Not as visually stunning as the other motherboards

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

 

 

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