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VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT - Gigabyte K8VNXP - Specifications

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!

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

Specifications of the Gigabyte K8VNXP




Socket 754 for AMD Athlon64




VIA K8T800 Chipset


VIA VT8237 Chipset


Super I/O: ITE IT8705 chip


Integrated peripherials


GigaRAID ATA 133 RAID controller


T.I. IEEE1394b controller


Realtek 8110S Gigabit Ethernet controller


Realtek 8201 PHY LAN chip


Realtek ALC658 Audio AC'97 Codec




Type: DDR400/ 333/ 266- 184pin


Max capacity: Up to 3GB by 3 DIMM slots


Internal I/O Connectors


2 x Serial ATA connector


4 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE connectors


1 x FDD connector


2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors (supports 4 ports)


2 x IEEE 1394b connectors (supports 3 ports)


S/P DIF input/output pin header


3 x cooling fan pin headers




1 x Game/Midi connector


Expansion Slots


1 x AGP slot (8x/4x-AGP 3.0 compliant), supports 1.5v display card only.


5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.2 compliant)


1 x DPS slot


Rear Panel I/O


PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse


4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports


2 x RJ45 ports


2 x COM ports


1 x LPT


Audio (1 x Line-in / 1 x Line-out / 1 x Mic) connector


CPU/AGP/DIMM setting


CPU FSB / Vcore Voltage adjustable via BIOS


AGP Voltage / Clock adjustable via BIOS


DIMM Voltage / Clock adjustable via BIOS




ATX power connector and ATX 12V connector


Power-off by Windows 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP shut down and switch


Form Factor


ATX form factor


30.5 x 24.4 cm


H/W Monitoring


System health status auto-detect and report by BIOS


Hardware detecting and reporting for case open, CPU voltage, and fan speed.




2 X 4M bit flash ROM, Award BIOS


Other Features


Xpress™ Installation,


Xpress™ Recovery








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