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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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I really don't think that there's anything that I can say at this point that you yourself probably aren't already thinking.  It would seem that although it was over half a year in the making, the "a" update of the KT400 chipset, aside from the addition of some new features, still suffers from the same performance problems of the original.

Now something to take into consideration here is that the drivers for this new revision are still in their infancy.  It is quite possible that a new release from Via could place the KT400a at least at par with the KT333 if not in competition with the nForce2.  Then again, things could stay exactly the same.

The Overclocking

Hoping to salvage a little pride for VIA we decided to see how the new chipset would overclock. We used the exact same setup that allowed our Epox 8RDA+ climb to 225mhz.  Even will all our pushing and prodding though we were unable to get things to run stable past 185mhz, or even post above 190mhz.  Now 52mhz is by no means a bad overclock, but it is still well below what user are typically able to achieve on nForce2 based platforms.

Just a little note at this point for those of you who may be trying to overclock this board.  In order to unlock the higher FSB rates in the BIOS you must set the onboard dip switch to 166mhz.  If you leave it at a pre Barton processor default of 133 you won't be able to set the FSB to anything above 168mhz in the BIOS.

Now one thing I should make very clear here is that the performance of this board should in no way reflect on DFI, and their Lanparty lineup.  They have done an excellent job creating a feature rich board that does a very good job of appealing to their target audience. To DFI's credit they had the foresight not to place all their eggs in a single chipset basket.  They also offer an nForce2 version of the Lanparty series motherboard.  If you are thinking of going socket A with this board I'd have to think that it might be a better option.

As it is at this point, knowing our reader base, I can't in good conscious recommend this board for purchase. I am quite impressed with DFI's first foray into the consumer market though and hope that we can get one of the nForce2 versions of this board for review as I'm sure it would perform much better.

Stay tuned for a full Lanparty nForce2 review!

  • UV reactive slots and rounded cables are very sharp
  • Super Stacked Bundle!
  • Well laid out board
  • Sufficient BIOS tweaking options
  • Onboard Power and Reset Buttons

  • Embarassing Performance
  • Worse Performance than a 2 year old chipset!

Final Score: 80%