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VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT - MSI K8T Neo - 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 MSI K8T Neo




Supports 64-bit AMD Athlon64 processor (Socket 754)


Supports up to 3200+, 3400+, or higher CPU




VIA K8T800 Chipset


HyperTransport¬ô connection to AMD Athlon64 processor


8 or 16 bit control/address/data transfer both directions


800/600/400/200MHz "Double Data Rate" operation both direction


AGP v3.0 compliant with 8x transfer mode


VIA VT8237 Chipset


Integrated Faster Ethernet LPC


Integrated Hardware Sound Blaster/Direct Sound AC97 audio


Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode PCI EIDE controller


Integrated dual channel native Serial ATA/RAID controller supplying 150MB/s supporting for


RAID 0 and RAID 1


Supports 8 USB2.0 ports




Main Memory


Supports DDR266/333/400 DDR SDRAM for three 184-pin DDR DIMMs


Supports a maximum memory size of 2GB




One AGP 8x slot


AGP 3.0 specification compliant


Five 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface).


On-Board IDE


An IDE controller on the VIA VT8237 chipset provides IDE HDD/CDROM with PIO, Bus


Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes


Can connect up to 4 IDE devices


Serial ATA/150 controller integrated by VT8237


Up to 150MB/s transfer rate


Can connect up to 2 serial ATA devices


Supports RAID 0 or RAID 1




Promise 20378 On-Board


Supports 2 serial ATA plus 1 ATA133


RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 is supported


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


Connect up to 2 SATA device and 2 ATA133 devices




6 channels software audio codec RealTek ALC655


Compliance with AC97 v2.3 Spec.


Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement.




Realtek 8110S Dual layout


Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in one chip.


Supports 10, 100Mb/s and Gb/s




Supports up to 2 x 1394 ports.


Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps


Controlled by VIA 6307 chipset


On-Board Peripherals


On-Board Peripherals include:


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


1 serial port COM1


1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode


1 IrDA connector for SIR/ASKIR/HPSIR


1 audio port


8 USB 2.0 ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 4)


1 RJ45 LAN jack




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.




30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor




9 mounting holes




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