SiS 748/963L Chipset

The SiS 748/963L chipset is the latest in the SiS 700 series chipsets for AMD Athlon processors. 748 adds full support for the latest 200FSB Athlon CPUs, such as the Barton 3200+. The 748 chipset also features technology, called “Hyperstreaming Engine”, which SiS claims makes their Single-Channel Memory solution as fast as Dual-Channel Athlon solutions.

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Hyperstreaming uses a number of techniques to manage data flow through the entire computer – all designed with the goal of reducing wait states and improving performance of the computer system. Hyperstreaming Engine optimizes performance using these techniques:

1. Low Latency with single stream
2. Pipelining and Concurrent Execution with Multiple streams
3. “Prioritized Channel” with Specific stream
4. “Smart flow control” and “Intelligent arbitration” with Smart stream
You can read more about the SiS Hyperstreaming Engine at www.sis.com/hyperstreaming/index.htm. Sis also includes a number of charts, comparing the Hyperstreaming Engine to “V Corporation” and “N Corporation”. All of the combined Hyperstreaming features are designed to remove data bottlenecks and to improve I/O intensive operations, like copying and downloading files from the internet.

The other innovation in the 748/963L chipset is the 1GHz “Mutiol” bus used to communicate between the north and south bridges. This should also improve performance of the chipset.

Index DFI 748-AL: Basic Features
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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, September 04, 2003 - link

    enough with the athlon xp mobos lets see some athlon 64age that you where talkin about wesley. Reply
  • Jeff7181 - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - link

    Anonymous User = afraid to show who he really is. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - link

    Jeff7181 = Simpleton, limited comperhension skills. Reply
  • sprockkets - Monday, September 01, 2003 - link

    The unusual thing is why the 748 has the 963 SB, since the upcoming 741 has the 964. That one has SATA. I would rather get that and use a video card.

    Well, either one can use either southbridge, but value or not, SOMEONE needs to stick SATA on a uATX board for the AMD platform.
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, August 31, 2003 - link

    Most Sis motherboards are aimed at the low end market and performance is often worse than in the reviews. For the guy who wants to use this for a htpc I would steer clear of these chipsets. Their performance is very poor when it comes to media encoding and video capture if you're thinking of adding tivo functionality to your htpc. Reply
  • Evan Lieb - Sunday, August 31, 2003 - link

    Anyone reading a review thinking that the boards included in the benchmark graphs are the best you can get haven't read that review in its entirety or other nForce2 reviews on AnandTech (or around the net period). We can't be faulted for what readers assume based on statements we’ve never made.

    Thanks for sharing your feedback with us Jeff.

    Take care,

    Evan
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, August 31, 2003 - link

    Jeff7181, the conclusion that you imagine to have seen does not exist in that article. You seem to look more at the benchmark graphs than the actual text of the article. That's your problem. Reviewers can't expect everyone to make such mistakes. I'm sure that any critisism would be appreciated if it actually had something to do with the targeted article... Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, August 31, 2003 - link

    Read this http://www.ocworkbench.com/2003/dfi/748al/748al-1.... for another opinion. It is compared to other SiS 748 and NForce2 and KT600 boards. Reply
  • Jeff7181 - Saturday, August 30, 2003 - link

    Wesley, Evan... Sorry to be so rude in my post, but...

    The point of these reviews is to inform the reader correct? If that was an editorial (opinion) and not a review (informational) I wouldn't have a problem with it.
    But the way the article is written, it leads uninformed users to believe that the best motherboard on that chart is the best motherboard you can get. While that may be true, you don't show any proof.

    The review of the DFI 748-AL was great... but the product comparisons are VERY lacking. At least you could point out somewhere in the article that "the popular offerings from Asus and Epox and Abit perform similarly to the DFI nForce2 Ultra 400, but were omitted due to lack of resources." That would at least give the reader an idea of how beneficial it would be to upgrade from their current motherboard to one of these new "Ultra" ones.
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  • Wesley Fink - Saturday, August 30, 2003 - link

    #12 - Now corrected. Reply

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