VIA K8T800 - Powering the AMD64 Revolution
The VIA K8T800 chipset with Hyper8 technology is powering next generation
64-bit compatible platforms based around AMD Opteron and new
Athlon 64 processors, including Dual Opteron processor
based workstations and servers, and Athlon64 processor based
performance PC platforms. Combined with the VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge
and VIA companion chips, the K8T800 enables an unparalleled range
of cutting edge I/O and multimedia features, including an 1.6GHz HyperTransport
Bus Link, AGP 8X, Native Serial ATA/RAID, 7.1-surround audio, and
The HyperTransport link between the AMD64 processor and chipset
provides a 16-bit/1.6GHz data transfer rate for a total bandwidth
of 6.4GB/s. To counter the massive data loads and high propensity
for signal interference of a 16-bit/1.6GHz link, several AMD64 supporting
motherboards currently available feature a below-spec HyperTransport
implementation. By reducing the processor-to-chipset HyperTransport
link to deal with signal interference, total bandwidth is reduced
from 6.4GB/s to as little as 3.2GB/s. With support for VIA's unique
Hyper8 technology the VIA K8T800 enables
the industry's first full 16-bit/1.6GHz implementation of the HyperTransport
bus for the AMD64 platform, ensuring AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon 64
processor based systems achieve their full performance potential.
Featuring the VIA DriveStation Controller Suite, the VIA
VT8237R Plus South Bridge provides the most comprehensive support high-performance
integrated storage interface technologies available on the market
today. In addition to enabling high-speed 150MB/s dual channel connections
to Serial ATA Hard Drives while retaining support for up to four Parallel
ATA-133 devices, it combines exceptionally fast disk data transfer
rates and optimal data integrity with easy installation and manageability
through V-RAID, the first native RAID controller integrated into a
South Bridge supporting multiple RAID Level 0, RAID Level 1, RAID
0+1, and JBOD configurations.
The VT8237R Plus also features the VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio
Suite for superlative integrated and onboard 5.1 and 7.1 surround
sound, and offers a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options, including
support for the VIA Gigabit Ethernet companion chip, integrated 10/100Mbps
Fast Ethernet and up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports.
The K8T800 benefits from VIA's unique V-MAP (VIA Modular Architecture
Platform) architecture that facilitates faster product development
and speeds up time to market, and features the high-throughput V-Link
interconnect running at speeds of up to 533 MB/s between the North
and South Bridge.
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VIA Hyper8 Technology
VIA's unique Hyper8 technology eliminates noise on the HyperTransport
link between the processor and chipset, enabling the industry's only
full-speed, full-spec 16-bit/1.6GHz implementation of the processor-to-chipset
VIA Modular Architecture Platform
To best exploit the rapid pace of innovation in the PC industry,
particularly with reference to I/O technology, VIA have opted for
a classic North/South Bridge configuration allowing for the most
scalable mainboard design, enabling new functionality to be integrated
in an expedient and practical manner, thus providing the fastest
time to market with new features and system performance enhancements.
Native Serial ATA/RAID Support
The VIA DriveStation Controller Suite with native dual channel
Serial ATA/RAID controller, provides direct support for two 150MB/s
Serial ATA devices and its unique SATAlite interface expands
support for two additional SATA devices. The V-RAID controller features
native RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1* and JBOD, ensuring optimum data
integrity and system performance. The user friendly V-RAID software
interface enables easy disk array configuration and management.
VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite
Delivering rich, warm surround sound at resolutions as high as 24/96
through up to six- or eight-channel outputs, the VIA Vinyl Audio
5.1 surround sound and VIA Vinyl Gold Audio 7.1 surround sound enables
crisp, clear performance, representing the highest levels of audio
quality in a mainstream integrated or onboard solution.
Unified VIA Hyperion 4in1 Drivers
VIA's unified approach to drivers has been established for eight
generations of chipsets, allowing end users to benefit from seamless
hardware and software compatibility.
* RAID Level 0+1 requires four Serial ATA drives; support for
the two additional drives can only be implemented with two external
Serial ATA ports enabled through a SATALite PHY.