NVIDIA's nForce2 Ultra 400Gb Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | May 12, 2004 - 05:43 AM |

Athlon XP is not a EOL unit quite yet, not with VIA and nVidia still kicking new life into it with their latest chipsets.  nVidia being the more recent as you can see in Ryan's review of their nForce2 Ultra 400Gb chipset.  The Tech Report's review of this chipset came to many of the same conclusions,  it's no longer the performance being the deciding factor of chipset purchases but in fact the feature set, which is something

NVIDIA Intros the Ultra 400 Gb chipset for the Athlon XP Market

Subject: Chipsets | May 10, 2004 - 09:26 AM |

Here's the full PR from NVIDIA.


Company's Award-Winning Native Gigabit Ethernet Controller and Firewall Security Solution for AMD Athlon 64 Platforms Now Available in NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb MCP


SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 10, 2004— Leveraging the award-winning innovative networking, storage, and security technologies unveiled in the Company's NVIDIA nForce™3 250Gb media and communications processor (MCP) for AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-

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VIA's New K8T800Pro Previews

Subject: Chipsets | May 7, 2004 - 08:09 AM |

Surprisingly, there seems to be very few previews of this chipset on the web.  Even today, the day after it was released publicly.  I'm not sure why that is.  I don't recall a time that a new chipset release was so quiet as such as this one.  I think the one thing that may be holding things back is the fact this new chipset adds a lot of new features, but not the giant performance gains the market and enthusiasts want.  [H]ard|OCP has posted about some of the impending prowess of the overclocking abilities of


VIA Launches the K8T800 Pro Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | May 6, 2004 - 10:56 AM |

Today VIA launched the K8T800 Pro chipset and we already have our review of it up and online for you to read.  Be sure to give it a read!

Taipei, Taiwan, May 6, 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA K8T800 Pro, further expanding its range of market-leading chipset solutions for the AMD64 processor platform.

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VIA's KT880 chipset

Subject: Chipsets | May 1, 2004 - 08:42 AM |

Although the feature set may still reign with the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset, it seems VIA's next Socket A chipset, the KT880, may in fact outperform the aging Ultra 400 chipset from nVidia.  Beating nVidia's chipset in most application benchmarks is not exactly easy, but it does say that VIA is not done with Socket A and I suspect niether is nVidia. 

At the end of the day, the KT880 is a faster and generally more capable chipset than the nForce2 Ultra 400.

NForce 3 250 Review

Subject: Chipsets | March 17, 2004 - 03:46 AM |

Hexus has posted a review of the much anticipated Nforce3 250 although just a sample board with socket 754. They too are getting impatient.  And we still don't know about those bus locks.  :(

"...It's been an almost insufferable wait for the second generation of Athlon 64 and Opteron chipsets from AMD's chipset partners..."

Source: Hexus

VIA KT880 Chipset Review

Subject: Chipsets | March 11, 2004 - 11:54 AM |

Hexus has a review of the long awaited VIA dual channel KT880 for Socket A XP processors. Will it be an Nforce2 killer?

"nForce2 Ultra 400 has been around since July 2003, some sevenmonths. Plain nForce2 has been around for over a year.

Source: Hexus

Ultimate Workstation Round-up

Subject: Chipsets | February 2, 2004 - 01:00 AM |

Always fun to read these. Sudhian has a round up of workstations running single and dual processors from Barton 2800's to FX's and Xeon's.

"This is an article designed for the professional workstation user considering a high-end investment in a modern system. We’ll be weighing the value of two high-end single-CPU configurations as well, in order to examine the situations in which a second CPU is valuable—and in which it is not."

Source: [H]ard|OCP