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Socket 939 Motherboards - MSI and nVidia vs. ABIT and VIA

By: Mike Wright | 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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