VIA's KT880 chipset


Socket A's not dead yet
— 12:00 AM on April 29, 2004

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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