KT880: VIA's dual-channel

By Julio Franco
Nov 15, 2003
  1. NVIDIA'S Nforce 2 Ultra 400 is going to get real dual channel Athlon XP competition very soon and as we previously reported.
    We can now confirm that the KT880 is a K7 chipset that will support all of the Athlons up to 3200+ with its FSB 400 MHz and of course with support for DDR up to 400 MHz since it cannot go faster if you don’t want to overclock.

    This is Via's first step into the dual channel DDR 400 arena – although even its KT600 still single channel was very competitive to the Nforce 2 Ultra 400.

    Read more: The Inquirer.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Isn't it kind if late ? I'm amazed that there is still some development happening on the K7 side of things.

    Abit has announced its AN7, which is the NFS-7 with the uGuru chip. Only problem is nVidia never released it's MCP with native SATA support so Abit has to go with an add-on chip. SATA is the only edge Via has over nVidia & it doesn't seem like nVidia feels the need to fix that for the nForce.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,029   +615

    That's one way of seeing it... the other is that Athlon XPs keep selling very well and this is a good indication that AMD has plans to extend the life of the now "low-end" K7 family.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I do understand that, but I don't think that it's a smart move on AMD's behalf. I think having the most 64-bit chips out there is the best way to get developpers to take that platform seriously.

    Which is also why I don't understand their plans to move the AthlonXP ( 32-bit ) to the socket-754 format.
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    Where did you read this?
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

  7. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    That's crazy, I had not heard that before

    Thanks for getting me up to speed Didou!
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