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ASUS SK8V K8T800 Motherboard Review
Socket 940 Platform Featuring VIA's K8T800 Chipset

By: Chris Angelini
January 4, 2004

Comanche 4
Our first real-world 3D test

Comanche 4 has always favored more powerful processors.  More specifically, Intel's Pentium 4 has dominated Comanche 4 tests.  But once the Athlon 64 emerged, AMD took the reigns, besting even Intel's 3.2GHz Extreme Edition without breaking a sweat.  In this test, the SK8V allows AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 to hit its full potential, outpacing the SK8N by a slim margin and the Athlon 64 3200+ by a slightly larger space.

Final Fantasy XI
Another real-world metric


You can't play through 3D Mark03 and Comanche 4 is hardly a popular game any more.  However, Final Fantasy XI, the newest massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Square Enix is a favorite.  Thus, it only makes sense to test with the benchmark demo as well, right?  The lead once held by the SK8V disappears this time around, supplanted by the SK8N, though by a slim gap.  Both Athlon 64 FX-based platforms clearly outperform the slower Athlon 64 3200+, of course. 

Unreal Tournament 2003
Aging gracefully...

Despite a minor loss in Final Fantasy XI, the SK8V comes back to take Unreal Tournament 2003 by storm.  Since the memory controller resides on the Athlon 64 FX processor, we can only surmise that some combination of the HyperTransport link conjoining processor and North Bridge, coupled with an efficient AGP controller is giving the K8T800 chipset its advantage in gaming environments.

X2, Quake III, and Conclusion

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