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Socket 939 Motherboards - MSI and nVidia vs. ABIT and VIA - ABIT AV8 3rd Eye

Mike has served us up some AMD related content today where he compares two Socket 939 Athlon 64 motherboards. The first is the MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum which is based on nVidia's nForce3 Ultra chipset and the second is the ABIT AV8 3rd Eye which is based on VIA's K8T800 Pro chipset. We tested with an Athlon 64 FX-53 along with a whole bunch of benchmarks over a whooping 24 pages.

By: | Socket 939 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 10, 2004 4:00 am

ABIT AV8 3rd Eye



On the other side of the fence is the ABIT AV8 - 3rd Eye. It too is a standard ATX sized motherboard and uses the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset along side the VIA VT8237 Southbridge. Since the development of the original nForce chipset, there has always been a good deal of competition between the VIA and nVidia companies. This is a good thing, of course, since it keeps prices at a more stable level. If only we could get some decent competition for Microsoft, it wouldn't be so darned expensive for the operating system!


Anyway, lets take a gander at the main feature set of the ABIT board.


CPU Support


Supports AMD Athlon™64 / Athlon™64 FX 939-pin processor


2000MHz system bus using Hyper Transport™ technology


VIA K8T800 Pro/VT6237 Chipset


VIA K8T800 Pro/ VT8237 chipset


Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)


Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 8X/4X




Four 184-pin DIMM sockets (Unbuffered Non-ECC DIMM)


Supports 2 DIMM Single Channel DDR 400/333/266 (Max. 2GB)


Supports 4 DIMM Dual Channel DDR 400/333/266 (Max. 4GB)




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


Supports SATA 150 MB/s RAID 0/1


Other Features


6-Channel AC'97 CODEC on board


On board GigABIT PCI Ethernet Controller


Supports 3 ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate


8x USB 2.0


uGuru Technology


ABIT Guru Clock (The 3rd Eye On Your PC)


Instant Overclocking & H/W Monitoring & PC On/Off


MSN/E-mail Notification


Large LCD Screen & Room Temperature Display




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