- VIA's KT880 chipset
The Tech Report have a fresh article for us today which takes a look at VIA's latest SocketA offering, the dual channel KT880 chipset. They compare performance to nVidia's popular nForce2 ultra 400 platform using a variety of different benchmarking methods. I think quite a few of you will be surprised at the results of the tests too. I know I was.
WAY BACK in November of last year, we declared VIA's KT600 chipset a viable alternative to NVIDIA's well-worn nForce2 chipset. Serial ATA RAID support and superior peripheral performance made the KT600 a more attractive platform than the nForce2 from a features standpoint. However, the KT600's single memory channel was no match for the dual-channel nForce2 in our application benchmarks, where the nForce2 easily won the majority of our tests.
Simply being a viable alternative to the nForce2 wasn't good enough for VIA, it seems. The company has rolled out a new KT880 chipset for Socket A processors, and this one features a dual-channel memory controller. Can the new KT880 snatch the Socket A performance crown from our reigning champion, the nForce2 Ultra 400? Read on to find out.
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