A7V8X KT400 Socket A Motherboard
by David, 20 October 2002
is one of the more well known brands in computer hardware in the
world. Known especially for their line of motherboards, which also
happen to be one of the higher priced in the market, they consistently
offer the performance, quality and features befitting the premium
pricetag they carry.
blurb on Asus: "Founded in 1989, ASUS has grown into a
global corporation with more than 5,200 employees worldwide. With
sales offices in Taiwan, the United States and Germany, and manufacturing
facilities in Taiwan and China, ASUS provides advanced premium quality
solutions to the world. ASUS Customer Service Centers have 11 worldwide
branches that are ready to provide quality support to ASUS partners
and product-owners. ASUS customers include top tier OEMs, distributors,
VARs, and system integrators in over 50 countries. An extensive
sales network includes over 300 channel partners and industry vendors
that offer technical expertise and support to end-users."
the advent of the KT400 chipset from VIA, motherboard manufacturers
started to add to their product lines with motherboards utilizing
the KT400 northbridge. With the KT400 chipset comes PC2700 &
PC3200 support, AGP 8X, 166MHz (333MHz DDR) AMD CPU bus support
and 533MB/sec V-Link.
A7V8X is their latest in VIA-chipset based motherboards for socket
A systems. It comes with a host of features incorporating advanced
technology such as AGP8X, DDR400, Gigabit LAN and Serial ATA.
is an unofficial standard, and hasn't been ratified by JEDEC. That
gives chip/memory/etc makers a hard time in ensuring that their
DDR400-based products work properly. DDR400 theoretically allows
for 3.2GB/s of bandwidth, but much of that will go to waste, as
current AthlonXP CPUs are already FSB limited at 266MHz (double
pumped 133MHz) to allow for a maximum of 2.1GB/s of bandwidth. Even
the newer 333MHz (double pumped 166MHz) AthlonXPs can only utilize
up to 2.7GB/s of bandwidth, so the extra headroom from DDR400 won't
whats with the KT400 chipset then?