WE FIRST PREVIEWED
VIA's K8T890 chipset all the way back in September of last year
. At the time, VIA seemed poised for victory in the race to bring PCI Express to the Athlon 64. Unfortunately, VIA had some problems with PCI-E, delaying production boards based on the chipset. K8T890 boards are only now hitting the market, some six months after our initial chipset preview.
Had it been released earlier, a board like Soltek's K8T890-based SL-K890PRO-939 could have been among the first PCI Express platforms for the Athlon 64. Now it faces a market filled with motherboards based on NVIDIA's nForce4 chipset family that have raised our expectations for the marriage of PCI-E and AMD64. Read on to see if the SL-K890PRO-939 measures up.