only as good as your last product in this business, and VIA must be stinging about
the fact that they almost single handedly kept the Socket-A platform on life support
only to have NVIDIA come along with their better performing nForce2 platform and
snatch the performance crown and the sales from under their noses.
KT400A chipset was too little too late to fend off NVIDIA's dual channel memory
based onslaught which was setting new standards for Athlon memory performance
and even the obvious problems with their IDE drivers and other minor driver related
glitches weren't enough to kill off the nForce fever that was expected to follow
the launch of the original, rather disappointing nForce chipset but which certainly
picked up pace with nForce2.
Despite the imminent release of
AMD64, I don't imagine anyone expected VIA to sit back and watch NVIDIA mop up
the enthusiast dollars, pride as well as finances were at stake. Their answer....the
KT600 chipset! Genuine contender or just a substandard decoy? Let's have a look.
on the 18th of August, the KT600 primarily adds native support for 400MHz Front
Side Bus and memory thanks to what they grandly call their "FastStream64™
DDR400 Memory Controller technology". VIA claim that this "interweaves"
FSB and memory clocks to provide a perfectly balanced memory subsytem and decreased
latencies. We'll see!
full range of AMD Athlon™ XP processors
· 266/333/400MHz FSB settings
Supports up to 4.0GB DDR266/333/400 SDRAM
· Support for AGP 4X/8X
8X V-Link 533MB/s high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect
VIA Vinyl™ Six-TRAC six-channel AC'97 audio
· Serial ATA support for
up to 4 devices
· RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 support, including Disk
Striping and Disk Mirroring
· VIA RAID Software Configuration Program
(supports Windows® & Linux)
· Parallel ATA 33/66/100/133 support
for up to 4 devices
· Support for up to 8 USB 2.0/USB 1.1 ports, UHCI
· Integrated MC'97 Modem
· Integrated 10/100 Fast
· Advanced power management capabilities including ACPI/OnNow
· 664-pin BGA North Bridge
· 539-pin BGA VT8237 South Bridge
quick look at the comparison between the new KT600 and earlier KT400 chipsets
shows there's not a vast difference between the two. Support for two additional
USB ports has been added bringing the total to eight, though anyone with eight
devices to plug in would almost certainly be better advised to do so by means
of a powered hub sat on their desk.
VIA have also decided
to add on-chip support for two Serial-ATA devices.
Bridge|| || |
Support||AMD Athlon™ XP ||AMD Athlon™ XP |
Side Bus||266/333/400MHz ||266/333MHz |
Bus||266/333/400MHz ||266/333/400MHz |
|AGP Support||AGP4X/8X ||AGP4X/8X |
|Memory Type ||DDR266/333/400 ||DDR266/333/400 |
|Max. Memory ||4.0GB||4.0GB|
|North/South Bridge Link||8X V-Link (533MB/sec)||8X V-Link (533MB/sec)|
|Integrated Audio||VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC six- channel AC'97 audio||VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC six- channel AC'97 audio|
|Integrated Network Controller||VIA MAC 10/100 Ethernet||VIA MAC 10/100 Ethernet|
|PCI Devices/Slots||6 slots||6 slots|
|IDE||Dual Channel Serial ATA directly supports
two SATA devices SATAlite™ interface expands support for two additional SATA devices
through optional external Serial ATA PHY Dual Channel Parallel ATA (up to 4 devices)||Parallel ATA (up to 4 devices)|
|VIA RAID ||RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1Supports SATA
and ATA-133 standards|| |
|USB||8 ports||6 ports|
|Super I/O||LPC Super I/O||LPC Super I/O|
So now we know what the KT600 is all about,
all that remains is to look at the motherboard that will exploit these features,
and in today's case this is MSI's KT6 Delta-FIS2R, a motherboard that says all
the right things on the spec sheet and looks like it should be a welcome addition
to the KT600 board lineup. Here's the tale of the tape.
Delta-SR [Standard Version (SATA RAID 0, 1)] (Not Reviewed
Delta-LSR [SATA RAID 0, 1 , 10/100 LAN] (Not Reviewed
Delta-FISR [SATA RAID 0, 1(SB), Gigabit LAN, IEEE1394] (Not
Delta-FIS2R [SATA RAID 0, 1(SB), SATA RAID 0, 1, 0+1 (Promise), Gigabit LAN,
Supports Socket A (Socket 462) for AMD® Athlon™ XP/|
• Supports to Athlon™ XP
3200+ processor or higher speed
• Supports 200/266/333/400MHz FSB
VIA® KT600 Chipset|
- FSB @200/266/333/400MHz
- AGP 8X
and PCI advanced high performance memory
VIA® VT8237 Chipset
- Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode EIDE
- Intergrated dual channel native Serial ATA/RAID controller
supplying 150MB/s supporting for RAID 0 and RAID 1
- ACPI & PC2001
compliant enhanced power management.
- Supports 8 USB 2.0 ports
Supports six memory banks using three 184-pin DDR SDRAMs.|
up to 3GB memory size.
• Supports DDR400/DDR333/DDR266/DDR200
Note: PC3200 (DDR400) maximum 4 banks only.
| ||• One AGP
(Accelerated Graphics Port) slot.|
- Supports AGP 4x/8x.
Supports AGP 3.0
• Five 32-bit PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus
IDE || |
| || |
IDE controller on the VT8237 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master
and Ultra DMA 133/100/66 operation modes.|
- Can connect up to four Ultra ATA
ATA/150 controller integrated in VT8237.|
- Up to 150MB/sec transfer speeds.
Can connect up to two Serial ATA drives.
- Supports RAID 0 or RAID 1.
|Promise 20378 On-Board (Optional) |
| || |
Ultra ATA, Serial ATA, Ultra ATA RAID 0 or 1 , Serial ATA RAID 0 or 1, Ultra/Serial
ATA RAID 0+1 supported.|
up to 2 Serial ATA devices and 2 Ultra ATA 133 devices.|
| || |
channels software audio codec C-Media 9739A.|
- Compliance with AC97 v2.2
- Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement.
- Can support SPDIF Out
via optional S-Bracket only.
|LAN (Optional) |
| || |
- Integrated Gigabit Ethernet MAC and PHY transceiver, auto-negotiation
- Supports single-port 10MB/s, 100MB/s (for 4401) or 1000MB/s (for
5788) BAST-T application.
- Compliance with PCI v2.2 and LAN on Motherboard
Peripherals || |
- 1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K,
- 2 serial ports (COM A
+ COM B)
- 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 1 IrDA
connector for SIR/ASKIR/HPSIR
- 1 audio port
- 8 USB 2.0 ports
(Rear x4/ Front x2)
The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which |
the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the
The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface
which records your mainboard specifications.
cm(L) x 23.5 cm(W) ATX Form Factor |
mounting holes. |
|Bundled MSI Super Pack Free Software/Utility
(Optional-Not Supplied) |
| <Adobe Photoshop Album>|
| <Media Dialer>|
| <InterVideo WinDVD>|
RestoreIt !> |