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ATI and Pentium 4 - The Right Stuff? - Final Thoughts

When it comes to chipsets for the Intel based processors, you have pretty much been limited to either VIA or Intel. Seems there is a new kid on the block lately, however, but it isn't a new name. Come join us as we take a look at some motherboards based on chipsets from ATI and we'll see if they have what it takes to be contenders in this highly prized and sought after market!

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 1, 2004 5:00 am

Final Thoughts


This time it seems ATI has done it right. RS300 was simply a first time rush to get its chipset on the market to compete for some XBox2 replacements; however, it has evolved into a bit more of a power house than originally thought.


When RS300's results turned up less than stellar, confidence in the ATI chipset certainly didn't go up, however, a simple update to the memory controller has given the RS350 a great competitive edge, and shows its ready to replace its predecessor.


The RX330 is definitely one to look out for. Its speed and hardware support show it to be a chipset with a future, and possibly one that might make it into the overclocking realms. What is needed is a partner to take the RX330 on head first and look into some serious overclocking tasks.


The addition ATI has made also with the IXP300 has also swayed a more favorable vote to the ATI chipset. IXP200 simply didn't have the ability to compete. When released Intel already had ICH5, VIA with VT8237 and SiS with 964, all supporting Serial ATA, IXP200 simply had nothing to offer. IXP300 brings Serial ATA to the ATI ranks and is a welcome addition.


Overall we have seen ATI put in a gallant effort, and should be commended for acting quickly to put the RS300 scores to shame with its newest chipset to market


The RX330 Chipset gets TweakTown's Editor Choice Award for a fantastic effort.





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