- Albatron K8X800 ProII (VIA K8T800)
- AOpen AK86-L (VIA K8T800)
- ASUS K8V Deluxe (VIA K8T800)
- BIOSTAR K8NHA Pro (NVIDIA nForce3 150)
- BIOSTAR K8VHA Pro (VIA K8T800)
- Chaintech ZNF3-150 (NVIDIA nForce3 150)
- Gigabyte GA-K8N (NVIDIA nForce3 150)
- Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP (NVIDIA nForce3 150)
- Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 (VIA K8T800)
- Leadtek K8N Pro (NVIDIA nForce3 150)
- MSI K8T Neo (VIA K8T800)
- Shuttle AN50R (NVIDIA nForce3 150)
- Soltek SL-K8AV2-RL (VIA K8T800)
Well, the outcome of our investigation appeared not so simple. First of all, we can’t answer the question: which chipset for Socket754 platform is the most optimal solution today. even if we take into account that mainboard manufacturers will integrate more onboard controllers to make up for insufficient functionality of the NVIDIA nForce3 150, the products based on it will still suffer from one very serious drawback: slower HyperTransport bus, which serves to connect the chipset to the CPU. As a result this leads to performance drops in the applications, which use the AGP bus a lot. At the same time, VIA K8T800 is free from this drawback, but suffers from another ones, such as low IDE controller performance and synchronous clocking of the processor and AGP/PCI buses, which can theoretically impose certain limitations over the overclocking potential of these boards.
At the same time, I have to mention that the integration of the memory controller into the CPU as well as very long and thorough development of the Athlon 64 processor the mainboards built for it proved highly stable and performed very close to one another. This way, you can base your choice of an Athlon 64 platform on such things as rich features set and CPU overclocking opportunities.
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