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Gigabyte K8VT890-9 (VIA K8T890 AMD64) Motherboard Review

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 6, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Final Thoughts


This has been our first retail offering of the VIA K8T890 chipset, in fact our first review of any K8T890 board and what we experienced was a good value product let down by its engineering on VIA's behalf and not Gigabyte.


We wanted to emphasise the VIA part because Gigabyte has done a remarkable job with what they have been given, it is VIA that has dropped the ball.


VIA has fell behind in the motherboard chipsets, especially on the Southbridge side. VIA had the VT8237 Southbridge out just after Intel released the ICH5 Southbridge. Since then Intel has upgraded to ICH6 with 4 port SATA, NCQ support and support for ATAPI, and now the ICH7 has hit with SATA-II support. VIA's main competition, SiS and nVidia also have far superior support - SiS has support for four SATA ports, Gigabit MAC on its 965 chipset and nVidia has support for four SATA-II ports, Gigabit MAC as standard and support for RAID bridging between SATA and PATA ports. VIA simply has SATA support for two channels and RAID capabilities - No Gigabit MAC, no support for ATAPI SATA devices and an outdated sound codec.


With that Gigabyte has done a great job simply by following design specs to keep the K8 happy. We can only hope that VIA releases a Southbridge that can keep up, as ULi is now hot on VIA's heals, with ULi making the cut will leave a very sore point with the end users who have held VIA up to the savoir of the AMD platform for years.


The Gigabyte K8T890 is a good value motherboard but besides that it doesn't jump out at us with anything special to break a sweat over.


- Pros


Good value


PCI Express support


Performance on par with other K8 boards


Supports new AMD processors


- Cons


Let down by old Southbridge with small feature-set - where is the new Southbridge VIA?


Minimal overclocking


Rating - 7.5 out of 10


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