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VIA KT400A and everything stays the same

VIA KT400A and everything stays the same

It has been known for months that VIA is working on a revision of the KT400. Some time ago, Anandtech reported that they would integrate a dual-channel memory interface into the chip, as with the nForce. This has now turned out to be wrong. No surprises are to be expected.

Russian sources now refer to documents dated December 2002, which do not contain any references to such technology. Rather, the KT400A will only be a revised revision which will then officially support DDR400 and whose memory controller will be somewhat optimized. The chipset should then also be able to address the ECC memory, which is so important for server systems.

At first glance, that's one insignificant update. VIA might be able to move closer to the nForce 2 through sharper timing. However, this should not really justify a complete revision with an otherwise unchanged architecture. Perhaps the bugbear AMD 'Barton' is behind this plan, because if the CPU should actually come onto the market with an FSB of 200MHz, the chipset should already be able to handle DDR400. It is already doing its job with such modules. Noname products should not be used for this, however, and it is precisely these that would move large OEMs into their series PCs.