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Athlon XP Chipset Shootout - VIA KT400 vs. VIA KT400A vs. nVidia nForce 2

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Jun 12, 2003 4:00 am

MSI KT4 Ultra Specifications




Supports Socket A (Socket 462) for AMD Athlon™ XP/Athlon™/Duron™ processor


Supports 800MHz up to Athlon™ XP 2700+ processor




VIA KT400 Chipset


FSB @200/266/333MHz


Supports DDR200/266/333/400* memory


AGP 8X and PCI advanced high performance memory controller


VIA VT8235 Chipset


Dual channel Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode EIDE controller.


ACPI & PC2001 compliant enhanced power management.


Integrated USB 2.0 controller




100/133/166 MHz clocks are supported


Main Memory


Supports six memory banks using three 184-pin DDR SDRAMs


Supports up to 3GB memory size


Supports DDR400*/DDR333/DDR266/DDR200 SDRAM


No support ECC Function




One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot


Supports AGP 3.0 4x/8x


Six 32-bit PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)


On-Board IDE


An IDE controller on the VT8235 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes


Serial ATA Interface (Optional)


Support 2 serial ATA plus 1 ATA133


RAID O or 1 are supported


RAID function works w/ATA133+SATA H/D or 2 SATA H/D


Connect up to 2 Serial ATA devices and 1 ATA133 device


Bluetooth (Optional)


1 extra pin header for Bluetooth connect connection.




C-Media 8738MX 6-channel audio + SPDIF out


On-Board Peripherals


On-Board Peripherals include:


1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes


2 serial ports (COM A + COM B)


1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode


1 IrDA connector for SIR/ASKIR/HPSIR


1 audio port


6 USB 2.0 ports (Rear * 4/ Front * 2)




The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically


The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications


ACPI, 1.0a, APM1.2, PnP 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.3, USB 2.0, WFM 2.0, Overclock, Boot from USB device




30.5 cm(L) x 23 cm(W) ATX Form Factor




6 mounting holes


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