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Review: Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 Pro

by David Ross on 25 October 2004, 00:00

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 Pro

Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 Pro
CPU Support All AMD Socket 754 processors
Northbridge VIA K8T800
Memory Support 3 slots, DDR, 3GB max, single-channel
PEG16X None
Southbridge VIA VT8237
Audio Realtek ALC658
Audio Connectivity 6 channel backplane speaker, S/PDIF optical output, coax digital output
PCI Conventional 5 x 32-bit 33MHz PCI 2.3 slots
PCI Express None
IDE 2 ATA133 compliant port from VT8237, 2 ATA133 compliant port from IT8212
IDE RAID RAID0/1/0+1/ and JBOD on IT8212 controller
SATA 2 ports from VT8237
SATA RAID RAID0/1/0+1 from VT8237 ports
Networking Realtek RTL8110S Gigabit Ethernet Controller, 10/100/1000Mbit
USB VT8237, 4 x backplane USB2.0, 2 x I/O USB2.0
FireWire FireWire400, 1 x powered I/O port
Other I/O PS/2, Parallel, 1 x Serial

As specifications go, the K8VT800 Pro is pretty standard fare, with its most stand-out feature being the availability of four IDE channels (Two of which are capable of RAID functionality) - Add to that the two SATA channels (also usable in a RAID configuration) and you have room for storage aplenty.

Aside from that, a decent helping of USB ports and Gigabit Ethernet capabilities just about rounds off a simple yet effective package, which you can't really complain about at all given the board's price point. So, with that out of the way, let's see how the board is laid out.