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    nVidia vs VIA vs KT

    Who makes best chipsets? Personally i've had a wonderful experience with nVidia chipsets and hopefully as soon as I sell this machine im gnna go back to nVidia. My current mobo is KT

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    Re: nVidia vs VIA vs KT

    IMHO

    For the AMD64

    Nvidia
    SiS
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    VIA

    However, uLI is coming out with a new chipset that may give nVidia a run for the money. I cannot imagine I will ever own another VIA.
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    Re: nVidia vs VIA vs KT

    u can start puting the uli after nvidia bout now...neu chipset will kik arse,and of course itll be pretty cheap...not that a chaintec vnf4 aint

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    Re: nVidia vs VIA vs KT

    Quote Originally Posted by syedrehankn
    Who makes best chipsets? Personally i've had a wonderful experience with nVidia chipsets and hopefully as soon as I sell this machine im gnna go back to nVidia. My current mobo is KT
    Your Aopen is a VIA. It is a K8T model, which might be where you are confused.

    FWIW, I have had good and bad VIA chipset, and I have had good and bad Nvidia chipsets.
    Nvidia's usually better for overclocking. I have found the VIA's to be very stable once properly set up.
    SIS seems to be coming on a bit, there earlier stuff really seemed like garbage.
    ULI I have no experience with at all.

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    Re: nVidia vs VIA vs KT

    Quote Originally Posted by John C
    Your Aopen is a VIA. It is a K8T model, which might be where you are confused.

    FWIW, I have had good and bad VIA chipset, and I have had good and bad Nvidia chipsets.
    Nvidia's usually better for overclocking. I have found the VIA's to be very stable once properly set up.
    SIS seems to be coming on a bit, there earlier stuff really seemed like garbage.
    ULI I have no experience with at all.
    I agree with John's statement also. Nvidia as of late is my choice and I don't do any overclocking. I have an Asus K8V SE with a VIA chipset here and it's been running fine for quite some time. I have seen people have bad luck with ULI chipsets, but the new ones may be better.
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    Re: nVidia vs VIA vs KT

    I miss the days when my VIA KT400 would obliterate everything fully oc'd. All my buddies had nVidia SPP's. Then the full on Ultra 400 came out w/dual channel, better RAID features, more oc'ing options, GbE.... Even though the trusty KT400 could put up a fight, after that there hasn't been much that VIA has put out to lead the market like nVidia does. I've had tons of chipsets from all four manufacturers.
    Sis has never made a lasting impression on me, limited features, feels like it's behind the rest of the pack. When I bought my first K8T800 Pro, I really enjoyed the chipset and to be honest, VIA's K8T series was the only thing that could meet or beat the nForce3 Ultra and nForce4; highly reliable, very stable, good o'c and tons of features. WIth the intro of the nForce4 Ultra, the K8T890 really lost out and VIA has taken a fall in my opinion. Now they are opting for strength by building new, innovative mobile processors and working twoards a solid chipset for the next AMD socket. We shall see. The uLI stuff has been very intruiging to see it mature, Ive been really impressed with the ease of use and solid innovation that the two Abit KU8's Ive experienced have had. My thoughts on where they stand:

    #1: nVidia (All around best performer, driving force of the market)
    #2: VIA (A distant second b/c of the K8T890, still legendary stability and a good performer, used to be the top dog in features)
    #3 uLI (A close third, needs more features and a better performance track record to take VIA's position, still this company has a great future if they keep it up)
    #4 SIS (Like I said, has yet to make a lasting impression, lacks features and I hate their drivers)

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