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VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT - ABIT KV8 MAX3 - 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 KV8 MAX3




Supports AMD socket 754 Athlon 64 CPU with 800 MHz FSB


CPU Integrated Memory Controller


72-bit memory controller supports DDR at 266, 333 and 400MHz (ECC)


Support 3 DIMM DDR 333


Support 2 DIMM DDR 400


Support 3 DIMM up to 2GB Max.




VIA K8T800 / VT8237 chipset


Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)


Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 8X/4X (0.8V/1.5V)




Supports SATA data transfer rates at 150 MB/s (1.5G bps)




On board SATA RAID PCI Controller


Supports 4 x SATA 150 RAID 0/1/0+1


Gigabit LAN


On board 10/100/1000 Mb PCI Ethernet Controller


IEEE 1394a


Supports IEEE 1394a at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate




6-Channel AC 97 CODEC on board


Professional digital audio interface supports S/P DIF optical In/Out


ABIT Engineered


ABIT ìGuru™ Technology


ABIT SoftMenu™ Technology to set CPU parameters


ABIT OTES™ Technology


ABIT FanEQ™ Technology


CPU ThermalGuard™ Technology


CPU TweakGuard™ Technology


Internal I/O Connectors


1 AGP 8X/4X slot, 5 PCI slots


Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB


2 x Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 Connectors


6 x SATA 150 RAID Connectors


2 x USB headers, 2 x IEEE 1394a header, 2 x CD-IN


Back Panel I/O


1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse


1 x S/P DIF Output, 1 x S/P DIF Input


Audio connectors (Front Speaker, Line-in, Mic-in, Center/Sub, Surround Speaker)


2 x USB, 1 x IEEE 1394a Connector


2 x USB, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector




ATX form factor




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