AMD may be busy planning the forthcoming launch of its Socket 939 but Socket A is still going strong. The first Motherboards using VIA's KT880 chipset for Athlon XP are starting to emerge.
Microstar International has launched its new board based on the VIA KT880 chipset, the last and final core-logic for AMD Athlon XP, it seems, the MSI KT880 Delta.
MSI finally did follow rival Nvidia Corp. by featuring dual-channel memory controller. MSI was loosing out on performance to NVIDIA's Motherboards because of this. Interestingly the new VIA KT880's performance still lacks behind competing Nvidia's nForce2 solutions. It does have the advantage of native support for serial ATA-150.
Precise specifications of MSI’s KT880 Delta are:-
o Supports Socket A AMD Athlon XP processors with 200/266/333/400MHz FSB;
o VIA KT880 chipset, including VT8237 I/O controller;
o 3 DIMM slots for up to 3GB of PC2100, PC2700 or up to 2GB of PC3200 memory
o 5 PCI slots and 1 AGP 8x slot;
o 2-channel ATA-33/66/100/133 integrated controller;
o 2 Serial ATA-150 ports;
o 10/100/1000Mb/s Ethernet controller from VIA Technologies;
o 8 USB 2.0 ports;
o 6-channel AC’97 audio solution;
o Overclocking, tuning and other MSI’s functions;
o ATX Form Factor.
Good news for overclocking enthusiasts, the board Features MSI's automatic overclocking system called CoreCell. CoreCell replaces the clock generator in changing the clock setting during operation, automatically over clocking the system by a maximum 10%.
So far only ASUS, MSI, Soltek and EPoX have talked about VIA’s latest Socket A product. VIA claims that ABIT, Acorp, ASRock, ASUS, Chaintech, DFI, EPoX, Gigabyte, Jetway, MSI, Soltek, and SOYO, are clearly demonstrating the strong industry support for the platform.
Pricing and availability information is not known.