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VIA preps K8T800 PRO boards for 939-pin Athlons

Chipsets awaiting chips
Mon Feb 23 2004, 21:51
WE HAVE LEARNED that VIA's new PRO chipset that will be used for the 939 Athlons that are about to tip up. There won't be many of these birds, we understand, but still chipsets and motherboards will appear soon.

We saw a few motherboards that will use this new chipset and all of them were K8T800 PRO branded. Our guess is that no K8T800s will be used for this CPU. Our sources suggest as much. It seems that the K8T800 PRO might just shine more brightly in the marketplace with new 939 Pin Athlon 64 CPUs.

VIA's K8T800PRO will go up against Nvidia's Nforce 3 250 chipset that gets pushed all the time, despite the fact it's now three months since Nvidia's conference call and there is no board yet announced that uses this chipset.

Well, there will be some for Cebit we heard this week.

The K8T800PRO supports AGP8X and the HT 1GHz -200MHz faster- interchip information transfer, plus dual DDR 400, natch.

Please bare in mind that the dual memory controller is actually a feature of the Athlon 64 939 with its 512KB cache memory. Still, you won't mind if it's the CPU or the chipset that supports it, so long as it's there.

Intel learned that it sure counts if your memory controller is on the CPU. And we reported in January 2003 that the memory controller part of Athlon 64 chip is isolated as much as possible from other parts of the chip and is easily exchangeable and updateable.

The 939 Athlon will take filght during Q2, but after Cebit, we suggest, since AMD won't have booth there to make some noise about it. µ

See also:
K8T800 Pro details emerge


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