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VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 29, 2003 5:00 am



- Gigabyte Conclusion


The Gigabyte motherboard comes with the best package out of the three without a question of doubt. Everything looks great and it has a large number of good features. One of the worst things is the inclusion of only two Serial ATA ports. The DPS system is a good idea and we have seen Gigabyte use it for a while now. The only thing you wonder is why would Gigabyte need to use such a device to get stability? During testing we didn't have any problems with stability on the other motherboards.


As far as speed goes it is just as quick as the MSI and it will come down to a decision between wanting the bigger package or preferring a particular brand over another. A couple more Serial ATA ports would have been nice but Gigabyte has given us absolutely everything you would need for your first Athlon 64 powered system.


- Pros


Great color coordination


Very Fast


Excellent package


DPS for extra stability


- Cons


Only two Serial ATA ports


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Features Award



- MSI Conclusion


While MSI has the smallest package out of the three, it is definitely not the slowest. The red PCB looks great and if you're into case modding at any degree, the MSI motherboard would be ideal. Less features help keep the cost down and if you're interested in a motherboard that has a top name and is fast, you may have found your match.


MSI has produced another good motherboard that has no problems holding up against the Gigabyte solution. If you can't decide which particular motherboard you want but don't think you will use all the features that the ABIT and the Gigabyte have on hand then don't look past the MSI motherboard. High performance with a simple package... there's nothing wrong with that, we say!


- Pros


Great colored PCB


Simple package which helps reduce price


Head to Head with Gigabyte in performance


- Cons


Smallish package, not as many nifty goodies


Passive Northbridge cooler


Rating - 8.5 out of 10


- ABIT Conclusion


While the ABIT motherboard did not prove to be the fastest of the bunch, it definitely has a lot of unique features that stand out from the others such Secure IDE.


If you're a fan of your Serial ATA hard drives you can't look past the KV8-MAX3. The ability to hold many hard drives, the latest in motherboard cooling technology as well as all the little bits and pieces you get in the box make it an excellent choice.


The motherboard is excellent and ABIT has always got the enthusiast in mind when it comes to producing. Overall we see not the fastest motherboard but a bucket load of features that help even things out making it a potentially excellent purchase.


- Pros


Excellent Package


Many unique features


OTES Cooling


Six Serial ATA ports


- Cons


Slower at times


Not as visually stunning as the other motherboards


Rating - 8 out of 10


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