nForce2 (SPP) stole the gold for Best AMD Chipset at The
INQUIRER CPU, mobo, chipset, sound awards – and took silver, behind Creative
Labs’ Audigy 2, for Best Consumer Sound. As reported earlier, the nForce2
IGP won the INQ’s Best
Integrated Chipset award.
ASUS’ nForce2 SPP mobo, the A7N8X Deluxe, was a strong contender for Best
Motherboard – but didn’t even get a place on the podium with the plaudits
going to the EPoX EP-8K9A2+ (KT400), Abit IT7 Max 2.0 (i845PE) and
Chaintech 7VJL (i845P).
ASUS are unlikely to be doing a ‘Gwyneth‘
for missing out on an INQ award, but genned-up ASUS nForcers might be wondering
just what could have been if the A7N8X was paired up with a SoundStorm
INQUIRER CPU, mobo, chipset, sound awards @ theinquirer.net
BEST AMD CHIPSET
GOLD Looks like the Nforce 2 has grabbed this gong at the last minute.
The SPP, non integrated version, that drives dual channel DDR 400 deserves the
SILVER The KT400 brought us some amazing boards, excellent for overclockers
– you can push your Athlon to the very limit of its performance, and richly
deserves the silver.
BRONZE Via gets another gong to hang round Wenchi’s neck, for its KT333
chipsets. They have all you need apart from AGP8X support. And does anyone need
that yet, anyroadmap?
BEST CONSUMER SOUND
GOLD Little doubt in this award. Creative Labs remade its original Audigy
and its Audigy 2 bunked up its performance by a factor of four. So far, it clearly
outperforms the other sounds around. The Audigy 2 version comes with an external
5.25 bay and a remote control and supports 6.1 Surround if 5.1 is not good enough
SILVER The second best solution is the Nforce 2 sound you get from Nforce
2 motherboards — it’s good enough for gaming, DVD and surround and therefore
wins this gong.
nForce2 (SPP) Best AMD Chipset
Published in: nForce2 on 2002-12-19