IntroductionWhile the Socket 754 platform may be 'old news' in some respects since the introduction of Socket 939, there is still a large market for motherboards based on the older socket type. Logic tells us that'll be the case for some time to come, particularly as AMD look to use it as a platform for lower-end CPUs over the next year or so.
VIA's K8T800 Pro chipset powers the most popular Socket 754 boards on the market and when that core logic was released, it was no surprise to see the major Tier-I and Tier-II board vendors update any K8T800 designs they had, using V-Map flexibility to just drop the new ASICs in (for the most part). Gigabyte is one such vendor.
Today, we'll be looking at one of the cheaper offerings in the broad spectrum of Socket 754 motherboards available on the market, in the form of their GA-K8VT800 Pro.