Introduction Over the past VIA has claimed significance dominance over nVidia in the mainboard arena, especially in the AMD platform. However, ever since nVidia came out with the nForce2 chipset VIA didn't have a good answer to compete back with this new chipset. Recently VIA answered back with the introduction of the KT400A chipset, however that wasn't long lived since everyone understood that this was merely a bridging platform to the KT 600, which officially supported 400MHz FSB.The KT 600 chipset has a number of significant improvements from its older counterpart. The biggest selling point for this new chipset is its 400 MHz FSB support. Even though the KT400A did offer a 400MHz support most boards that made it to the market showed numerous instability issues working at this high frequency. With official support for 400MHz FSB in the new chipset we can be assured that these problems have been dealt with.Furthermore the memory architecture has been upgraded to a "FastStream64" Memory Controller technology. As VIA says this'll reduce the memory bandwidth problems that surrounded the KT400 chipset.All KT600 boards will come equipped with a VT8237 south bridge. This is claimed to be one of the most advanced South Bridges available on today's market. It features the first ever SATA( Serial ATA)/RAID controller integrated into the system itself. The VT8237 supports RAID 0, 1 and 0 + 1 giving users good support for RAID configurations.In addition it supports up to four parallel ATA 133 devices giving a wide range of flexibility for mainstream or value conscious buyers. The south bridge also supports up to 8 USB 2.0 ports which is an increase of two ports from the KT400 chipset.Below is a comparison diagram between the new KT600 chipset and the KT400A chipset.
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