Gigabyte 7VT600 1394 (KT600): More Fun with KT600by Evan Lieb on July 26, 2003 10:44 PM EST
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Another day, another KT600 motherboard. If you read our Epox 8KRA2+ review, you would recall that KT600 motherboards were not going to be any faster than nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboards. While this is only the second KT600 motherboard that we’ve reviewed here at AnandTech, our staff in Los Angeles is currently working with me on several other KT600 motherboards that show a bit more promise as potential “nForce2-killers”. Only more testing can verify whether or not this turns out to be true with initial KT600 BIOSes, but there is some potential.
It’s unfortunate that VIA has come so far in the Socket A market only to be leapfrogged suddenly by NVIDIA late last year with the arrival of nForce2. VIA has certainly fallen on some hard times, whether it was their legal troubles with Intel (one of them regarding an 800MHz FSB license), NVIDIA’s nForce2 chipset, or the slow economy. VIA certainly hasn’t been what you would call a leader in their traditionally strong market (CPU chipsets). VIA has picked up some market share in strictly budget PCs with their low-power C3 processors and their derivatives. But that certainly won’t propel VIA to substantial profitability or market share, especially considering AMD and Intel’s considerable in-house manufacturing and R&D edge in PC processors.
At any rate, VIA is attempting to get back into the Socket A market with their latest chipset, dubbed KT600, in hopes of taking back the mainstream and enthusiast crown, and hopefully any other Socket A market share that’s left. Today, we look at Gigabyte’s implementation of the KT600 to see if they have a winner on their hands or if it’ll be the same old story. Read on to find out…