Featuring a bright blue PCB and an exotic GPU cooling system, the Tachyon G9700 Pro was a radical departure for Tyan, especially since the card had incredible overclocking potential. It looks like Tyan was just getting started. They have more coming on the graphics front, and Tyan has also busted out the Trinity KT400, a motherboard loaded with Serial ATA support, overclocking potential, and more memory tweaking options than you can shake a stick at.
Even a really big stick.
Does the Trinity KT400 have what it takes to satisfy an enthusiast's motherboard needs? Is Tyan really serious about overclocking, or are those front-side bus options in there just for show? Read on to find out.
Before diving into the details, let's take a quick look at the Trinity KT400's spec sheet.
|CPU support||Socket A-based Athlon XP and Duron processors|
|North bridge||VIA VT8377|
|South bridge||VIA VT8235|
|PCI slots||6 32-bit/33MHz|
|AGP slots||1, 4X/8X AGP (1.5V only)|
|Memory||3 184-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 3GB of DDR333/266/200 SDRAM
|Storage I/O||Floppy disk
2 channels ATA/133
|Serial ATA||2 channels Serial ATA via Silicon Image 3112 SATA controller|
|RAID||2 channels ATA/133 RAID 0, 1, 0+1 via HighPoint 372 controller|
|Legacy ports||1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse, Serial and Parallel ports|
|USB||4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 additional USB 2.0/1.1 ports via PCI expansion header
6-channel audio via VT8235 and Realtek ALC650 codec
analog front, rear and center channel outputs
mic and line input ports shared with rear and center channel output ports
|Ethernet||VIA VT6103 10/100 Ethernet via VT8235 south bridge|
|Bus speeds||100-200MHz in 1MHz increments|
|Bus dividers||1/3-1/5 adjusted automatically according to front-side bus speed|
|Voltages||CPU: 1.85-2.2V in 0.025V increments and Default - 0.1V to Default + 0.175V
DRAM: Default + 0.025-0.175V in 0.025V increments
|Monitoring||Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring|
The Trinity KT400 is, well, loaded. That's not exactly what many of us would expect from Tyan. Only a lack of Firewire support keeps the board from having a full house of integrated peripherals. 6-channel audio, Ethernet, IDE RAID, and Serial ATA are all there. Integrated peripherals aren't exactly new to motherboards, but Tyan's offerings have traditionally been far sparser than the Trinity KT400. Let's take a closer look at the board to see how well Tyan juggles all these integrated peripherals.
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