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Soltek SL-KT600-R (VIA KT600) Motherboard Review - Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2003

We've been hearing about the latest and greatest from VIA, the KT600 chipset. Now its time to find out if it can handle the load and earn a coveted spot in your own performance rig. With native support for SATA RAID, DDR400 compatibility and a whole lot more, it looks appealing. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Soltek variety of the new chipset; namely the SL-KT600-R. Its in the kitchen, so let's find out if it can stand the heat!

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 28, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Soltek

Unreal Tournament 2003


Unreal Tournament 2003 continues the success that Unreal Tournament generated as an online game and benchmark. UT2003 pulls all of its weight onto the 3D and memory subsystems, pushing graphics reality to the maximum is its game, and you need some serious power to gain playable scores with this game.


Testing will consist of multiple resolutions with a color depth of 32-bit. Since we are now using an actual game to test out our mainboard, we will be seeing results that are truly in line with what you can expect to see when using this board yourself. I will be taking the results of the Flyby portion of the benchmark so that it won't be so dependent on the video board.





Well, the differences are again on the side of the older nForce2 based board. This is getting to become too commonplace. I had high hopes for the latest offering from VIA, but it looks as though we'll have to wait for the revisions to hit the streets once again.


While we once again see that the scores are only a small margin away, we're still looking at a consistent 1-4% deficit for the KT600. Since the Flyby portion of the test was used, their will be less benefit from the video card and more performance being drawn from the memory channel. Looks like the nForce2 is still the big dog on the block.


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