Conclusion and Final Thoughts
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.All of the KT400A motherboards that we tested for this roundup performed stable (with the exception of the Soyo motherboard we mentioned earlier). They ran all of the benchmarks flawlessly and this can be attributed to this being a second generation chipset and a second generation implementation for all of the motherboard manufacturers. Since the KT400 chipset is pin compatible with this KT400A chipset, the manufacturers were able to work out any of the problems they had implementing it with the KT400 versions, and maybe as far back as the KT333 revisions.
Most of the KT400A motherboards you see here can also be purchased for a relatively low price – that is, low compared to the nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboards available. For example, the Gigabyte 7VAXP-A can be found for as low as $77 without all the extras, while the DFI KT400A LanParty board is slightly more expensive, available for around $148. But, availability on the other KT400A motherboards is still up in the air in the US market.
VIA seems to have a lot of chipsets for the Athlon XP processor, which is both a good and bad trait to have. While they can hit a lot of different market segments with the low priced and more expensive chipsets, the manufacturers that aim motherboards towards the enthusiast market are now seeming to be hesitant to build the motherboard based on the chipsets until VIA has the final, final one available. This is apparent with the current KT400A line of motherboards – while we have a lot of them here for testing, I can only find a handful for sale online anywhere. Why? I believe its because the manufacturers are waiting on the KT600 chipset (now reaching manufacturers in mass quantities) and bypassing the KT400A chipset.
If you are planning on getting a KT400A motherboard, pay close attention to the extras that are included like Serial ATA and RAID functionality. The bios and overclocking features are nice to have, but in all honesty, without the necessary clock that the chipset needs to run 200 MHz FSB effectively (without overclocking the PCI/AGP bus substantially), overclocking on the chipset is going to be somewhat limited.
The specific motherboards that stood out to me during testing were the Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra and the DFI KT400A LanParty motherboards. Both offered great performance but also offered the user a lot of bang for their buck when it comes to features and extras. The DFI board in particular, in their now popular “LanParty” configuration was nice with the rounded cables, PC carry strap and Front-X among other things. I am looking forward to seeing the future LanParty branded DFI motherboards.
If you have further questions or issues to discuss on these KT400A motherboards, be sure to visit the AMDForums where there are specific forums for each motherboard manufacturer. I also welcome your comments via email.