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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [07.01.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: DFI
Est. Street Price: $140-145

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The Performance

We've stacked the Lanparty KT400a straight up against it's main competition in the Soltek SL-75FRN-L which has been the highest stock performer out of our nForce2 tests.  We are also including a KT333 board in the form of a Soltek SL-75DRV5.  If you remember when the original KT400 chipset was released it actually performed worse than the KT333 in most benchmarks.  It should be interesting to see how much better the KT400a fares.

For testing purposes all motherboards were setup with an AIUGA Athlon XP 1700+, 2 sticks of 256MB Samsung PC2700 RAM (synched with CPU FSB and run in a Dual DDR configuration on the nForce2 board), a Soltek SL-GF4TI4200 (41.09), a WD 20GB Caviar ATA100, 7200rpm, 2MB HDD, and a clean install of Windows XP SP1. The latest NForce, detonator and Via 4 in 1 drivers were used for each respective motherboard.

On to the benches!

As is my custom, let's start things off with the memory benchmarks.

Ouch...not only does the KT400a get whipped by the dual DDR nForce2, but it also falls behind the two year old KT333! Let's see if this madness carries over into the Aida32 memory benches.

Not an impressive start for the KT400a to say the least.  But let's remember that memory performance isn't everything, next we'll move on to some synthetic gaming benchmarks.

The trend seems to continue here, and besides having the 1337est score of the three, it ends up being the slowest once again.

The KT400a doesn't even come close to cracking 10k here.  Oh the humanity, I feel like I should stop the review at this point with the beating the new via chipset is taking, but alas we must press on.

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