While PCI Express and DDR2 SDRAM technologies are gaining popularity, some believe the market for transitional platforms still exists.
Transition to PCI Express x16 graphics cards and DDR2 memory is in the full swing: modern high-end systems definitely feature PCI Express graphics cards and powerful computers based on Intel central processing units usually support DDR2 memory as well. However, there are some enthusiasts who build computers themselves, would like to be able to use modern processors, but do not want to upgrade their memory or graphics cards. For those VIA Technologies offers its PT880 PRO chipset that supports both AGP 8x, PCI Express x16, DDR and DDR2, providing PC makers and end-users maximum flexibility.
Due to PT880 PRO's multiple delays, only now first mainboards featuring the core-logic emerge on the market. Gigabyte GA-8VT880P Combo is among very few products that are available now.
In order to assist users in installation of the PT880 PRO in general and usage of GA-8VT880P Combo mainboard in particular, VIA Arena web-site, which is official technical support portal of VIA Technologies, has posted a review of the mainboard.
- VIA Arena: PT880Pro ?Flexible Upgrading.