Socket 939 Motherboards - MSI and nVidia vs. ABIT and VIA (Page 8)

| Oct 9, 2004 at 11:00 pm CDT
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ABIT AV8 3rd Eye
On the other side of the fence is the ABIT AV8 - 3rd Eye. It too is a standard ATX sized motherboard and uses the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset along side the VIA VT8237 Southbridge. Since the development of the original nForce chipset, there has always been a good deal of competition between the VIA and nVidia companies. This is a good thing, of course, since it keeps prices at a more stable level. If only we could get some decent competition for Microsoft, it wouldn't be so darned expensive for the operating system!Anyway, lets take a gander at the main feature set of the ABIT board.CPU SupportSupports AMD Athlon™64 / Athlon™64 FX 939-pin processor2000MHz system bus using Hyper Transport™ technologyVIA K8T800 Pro/VT6237 ChipsetVIA K8T800 Pro/ VT8237 chipsetSupports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 8X/4XMemoryFour 184-pin DIMM sockets (Unbuffered Non-ECC DIMM)Supports 2 DIMM Single Channel DDR 400/333/266 (Max. 2GB)Supports 4 DIMM Dual Channel DDR 400/333/266 (Max. 4GB)IDE/SATA2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 ConnectorsSupports SATA 150 MB/s RAID 0/1Other Features6-Channel AC'97 CODEC on boardOn board GigABIT PCI Ethernet ControllerSupports 3 ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate8x USB 2.0uGuru TechnologyABIT Guru Clock (The 3rd Eye On Your PC)Instant Overclocking & H/W Monitoring & PC On/OffMSN/E-mail NotificationLarge LCD Screen & Room Temperature Display

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