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Socket 939 Motherboards - MSI and nVidia vs. ABIT and VIA (Page 1)

Mike has served us up some AMD related content today where he compares two Socket 939 Athlon 64 motherboards. The first is the MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum which is based on nVidia's nForce3 Ultra chipset and the second is the ABIT AV8 3rd Eye which is based on VIA's K8T800 Pro chipset. We tested with an Athlon 64 FX-53 along with a whole bunch of benchmarks over a whooping 24 pages.
Mike Wright | Oct 9, 2004 at 11:00 pm CDT - 0 mins, 55 secs time to read this page
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When it comes to advances in computer technologies, the Socket 939 is one of the newer ones to hit the marketplace. There aren't too many choices yet in this arena, but we have managed to gather up a couple of the top contenders to see what kind of performance you can expect to get from the two chipsets vying for supremacy in this new market.

Yes, two chipsets will be covered here as well as two motherboards. Fighting for your upgrade dollars are the nVidia nForce3 Ultra powered MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum and the VIA K8T800 Pro propelled ABIT AV8 - 3rd Eye. We've seen the nForce being the choice in chipset for the Athlon 64 based on the Socket 754 packaging, so we'll run a series of tests to try to determine where your allegiance needs to lie for this new processor type.

So sit back and relax as we toss an Athlon 64 FX-53 into both boards and see where the power lies. We already know the processor is strong, so now we just need to figure out which board will best support its power!

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