Chaintech VNF4 Ultra ZENITH VE Motherboard Review :: Introduction

06-08-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Chaintech is one of Taiwan's premier computer companies. Founded in 1986, Chaintech is one of the older computer companies around today. Companies like NVIDIA weren't even in existence back in 1986. Chaintech makes a wide array of motherboards, video cards and other computer components based upon chipsets from companies like NVIDIA, Intel and others to make up their versatile product lineup.

NVIDIA first announced their nForce4 chipset early last year. Best known as a video card company, NVIDIA successfully entered the motherboard chipset market in 2001 with the release of the nForce chipset. Today, NVIDIA sells more AMD motherboard chipsets than any other company, a pretty amazing feat for a company that competes with the likes of VIA, SIS, and other heavyweights for the Athlon platform. Recently, NVIDIA announced they were entering the Intel chipset arena with the nForce4 for Intel SLI chipset.

Late last year, NVIDIA introduced three new chipsets, nForce4, nForce4 Ultra and nForce4 SLI. The nForce4 was the entry-level product and nForce4 Ultra was the high-end single graphics card solution for the AMD platform. Much of the attention on the AMD platform for the last year has been on the SLI version of this chipset, and rightly so due to is options and performance improvements over previous chipsets. Chaintech announced the VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE very recently targeting the gaming community. This board is very inexpensive and seems to have all the performance features of its more expensive cousins.