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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:25 am 
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At the Computex 2005 Trade Show in Taiwan, AnandTech managed to run a few benches on the new ULi chipset reference board...
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We took a look at a ULi Socket-939 PCI Express reference board while in Taiwan to see if what ULi was telling us happened to be true. Could ULi’s chipsets offer performance close to that of NVIDIA, while also offering stability at a price point lower than VIA’s?

We ran a small suite of tests on ASUS’ AN8-SLI Deluxe (nForce4 SLI) as well as ULi’s Socket-939 PCI Express Reference Motherboard.

Bench results are HERE
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One particularly nice feature of the ULi chipset is that its South Bridge offers a full speed AGP 8X interface - and the North/South Bridges communicate over a 8GB/s Hyper Transport bus, meaning that there’s no reduction in performance if you use an AGP graphics card on the motherboard. By offering both AGP and PCI Express slots, both of which run at full speed, you can have a single motherboard that will support your current AGP graphics card and any later on PCI Express cards without sacrificing any performance.


Now, I like that. When it was dead the other night at work, I was thinking about something similar. Since one piece of chipset physically can't run PCIe and AGP at the same time, why not put one on the Northbridge and one on the Southbridge? Then, use the HTT bus to provide plenty of bandwidth in between. I'm glad I was on the right track. :wink:

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Looked sweat, we'll see how it matures. I was looking at the ATI chipset article on the same site. Now that looks good also, but with limited OC ability for now (thats gonna hurt some). Again have to see how it matures.

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Now that is the first good thing to come out of ALi in quite some time. 8) Here's hoping that they change their minds about the American market. :wink:

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