- VIA PT800 Chipset For Pentium 4
Hexus has their review of VIA's PT800 chipset up today. For a single channel solution, it performs rather well. It features the same FastStream64 Memory Controller found on the EPIA M10000, KT400A and KT600. If you're a VIA fan, the PT800 just might be the chipset for you.
We feel that VIA needs to ensure that volume chipset supplies are available to its partners, and the partners need to get the boards out to market forthwith. Intel, it has be said, now command a strong position with respect to chipset choice for its own CPUs. VIA is back on track with a single-channel design that impresses on both the performance and feature counts. We just hope that it's not a case of too little, too late. Overall judgement is reserved until we have a number of retail boards in for testing. The bottom line is that VIA is a player in the P4 market. The PT800 chipset doesn't break any new ground, it just makes sure it's not too far behind on any count. Competition is always good for the consumer. Let's hope that the PT800 derivatives offer the buyer another purchasing avenue.
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