nforce2 vs. KT400

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Cosmin, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    I've decided to upgrade my actual mobo ( ECS - K7S5A ) ..
    Also decided on Epox mobo's cause I've heard only from "good" from them ..

    And I've took in the test these 2 :
    Epox 8RDA+ [ by nforce2]
    Epox 8K9A [ by KT400 ]


    I. EPOX 8RDA+

    Specifications
    Processor AMD Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron
    Core Logic nforce2 Platform Processor Chipset
    BIOS Award/Phoenix BIOS v6.0
    Max. FSB 333MHz
    Memory 3 x DDR SDRAM PC3200, 3GB max.
    Form Factor ATX

    Expansion Slots
    AGP 1, 8x
    PCI 6, 32-bit

    Ports
    PS/2 1 mouse, 1 keyboard.
    Serial 2
    Parallel 1
    USB 4 onboard, 2 optional. USB 2.0
    Network 1 x Realtek RTL8201 PHY
    Floppy 2 drives max.
    IDE 2 x E/IDE Ultra DMA/133, 4 drives max.

    Controllers
    Sound Realtek ALC650E 6-channel full-duplex integrated sound
    Option IEEE1394 Firewire interface

    Special Features
    Hardware Monitoring Function provided by Winbond
    Keyboard Power On (KBPO)
    Suspend To RAM (STR)
    CPU clock settings are adjustable by BIOS
    CPU V-core settings are adjustable by BIOS
    Memory voltage settings are adjustable by BIOS
    AGP voltage settings are adjustable by BIOS
    Wake On Lan (WOL)
    P80P Diagnostic LED

    Price = 109.2$ [here]




    II. Epox 8K9A


    Specifications
    Processor AMD Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron
    Core Logic VIA Apollo KT400 Chipset + VIA VT8235
    BIOS Award/Phoenix BIOS v6.0
    Max. FSB 266MHz
    Memory 3 x DDR SDRAM PC2700, 3GB max.
    Form Factor ATX

    Expansion Slots
    AGP 1, 8x
    PCI 5, 32-bit

    Ports
    PS/2 1 mouse, 1 keyboard.
    Serial 2
    Parallel 1
    USB 4 onboard, 2 optional. USB 2.0
    Floppy 2 drives max.
    IDE 2 x E/IDE Ultra DMA/133, 4 drives max.

    Controllers
    Sound Realtek ALC650 6-channel full-duplex integrated sound

    Special Features
    Hardware Monitoring Function provided by Winbond
    Keyboard Power On (KBPO)
    Suspend To RAM (STR)
    CPU clock settings are adjustable by BIOS
    CPU multiplier settings are adjustable by BIOS
    CPU V-core settings are adjustable by BIOS
    AGP voltage settings are adjustable by BIOS
    Memory voltage settings are adjustable by BIOS
    Wake On Lan (WOL)


    Price = 100.9$ [ here]



    FINAL QUESTION
    What should be .. ?



    In tests nforce2 was a bit better but don't know much more about stability ...
     
  2. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    KT400 :) Go for it
     
  3. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    nforce2 is faster with its dual channel and also has more bandwidth...
     
  4. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    nForce2.

    Dual DDR. Yummy.
     
  5. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    I'd go with the nforce2.
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    nforce2 all the way. dual-ddr, thx-certified sound, tons of other features. benches higher than the kt400, too.