Reply 20 of 119, by swaaye
That seems strange since the Soyo Dragon motherboards with the KT8x0 chipsets were always got good reviews as performance motherboards. Compared to nforce, they were sometimes a little faster in some tests and a little slower in others but they were always competitive, as I recall. Those were the boards to have as far as I was concerned back then.
I know what you mean. The reviews do tend to look good. But in my experience with these VIA chipsets, you can literally feel the sluggishness compared to nForce2 (like Jaqie says).
Around a year ago I ran a GUI benchmark called Tom2D on a K8T800 board, because it was the usual sluggish and I wanted to get numbers. I compared a video card on that board and my Shuttle NF2U400 board. The NF2 came in about 50% faster in the bench, I think it was.
I also used a Abit KW7 (KT880) a couple of years ago and while that chipset is loaded with nifty features like NF2 has, it was similarly slow.
Now this GUI speed issue may not affect 3D or disk transfers. Games may be fine.