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Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra - Retail VIA KT400A

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 1, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



What else can be said other than sad - VIA KT400A performance has been hyped up by VIA, yet once again has failed to deliver. Yes, VIA does add some new features and fixed a few bugs, but at the expense of performance. VIA's claims of nForce2 performance from a single channel DDR solution has not thus far proven itself to be true, in fact it is slower than the original KT400 chipset.


On the Gigabyte front, the board is packed full of very good features. While not having native Serial ATA, Gigabyte has not let this fault stay thanks to the Silicon Image Serial ATA controller. GigaRAID IDE RAID controller is one of the few boards to include both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA IDE on the one board, Gigabyte has added it without any worries.


Three Firewire ports, Hardware Ethernet and six USB ports add for all the possible expansion you will need. While having all these features it still comes down to performance. If you are looking for a board with all the features, this board is well above the pack, if you are looking for performance, an nForce2 solution is more for you.


- Pros






Parallel ATA RAID




Realtek Ethernet


Internal to External Serial ATA converter


6 channel sound


- Cons


Lackluster Performance of the KT400A


Rating: 6 out of 10


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