If AMD's stock Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX processors aren't fast enough for you, VIA Technologies wants to talk: The company's new VIA K8T800 Pro chipset introduces an asynchronous bus architecture, letting power users lock the AGP and PCI buses while tweaking the front-side bus or clock multiplier for maximum performance. VIA says the chipset is shipping now to leading motherboard makers.
Besides providing a highly stable overclocking platform, the K8T800 Pro doubles the speed of VIA's proprietary V-Link interface between the North- and Southbridges to 1,066MB/sec. Like its synchronous sibling the K8T800, it teams with the VIA VT8237 Southbridge and optional companion chips to deliver native dual-channel Serial ATA and parallel ATA/133, RAID, 6- or 8-channel audio, 10/100Mbps or Gigabit Ethernet, and up to eight USB 2.0 ports. The chipset supports up to DDR400 memory and PCI and AGP (not PCI Express) slots.
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