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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!

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

Specifications of the MSI K8T Neo

 

CPU

 

Supports 64-bit AMD Athlon64 processor (Socket 754)

 

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

 

Chipset

 

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

 

ACPI

 

Main Memory

 

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

 

Supports a maximum memory size of 2GB

 

Slots

 

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

 

Serial ATA RAID

 

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

 

Audio

 

6 channels software audio codec RealTek ALC655

 

Compliance with AC97 v2.3 Spec.

 

Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement.

 

LAN

 

Realtek 8110S Dual layout

 

Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in one chip.

 

Supports 10, 100Mb/s and Gb/s

 

IEEE1394

 

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

 

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.

 

Dimension

 

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

 

Mounting

 

9 mounting holes

 

 

 

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