Conclusion: I really don't think that there's anything that I can say at this point that you yourself probably aren't already thinking. It would seem that although it was over half a year in the making, the "a" update of the KT400 chipset, aside from the addition of some new features, still suffers from the same performance problems of the original.
Excerpt: The "LAN Party" KT400A from DFI A Different Approach from DFI By: Jeff Bouton June 11th, 2003 T here is a healthy rivalry brewing between AMD chipset manufacturers VIA and NVIDIA. These companies have been competing for the top spot in the AMD chipset market for some time now. When VIA introduced the KT400, NVIDIA stepped up with their nForce2 and have since won the hearts, and dollars, of many users. Unfortunately for VIA, the KT400 simply could not compete with the...
Conclusion: Now one thing I should make very clear here is that the performance of this board should in no way reflect on DFI, and their Lanparty lineup. They have done an excellent job creating a feature rich board that does a very good job of appealing to their target audience. To DFI's credit they had the foresight not to place all their eggs in a single chipset basket. They also offer an nForce2 version of the Lanparty series motherboard. If you are thinking of going socket A...
Pros: UV reactive slots and rounded cables are very sharp, Super Stacked Bundle!, Well laid out board, Sufficient BIOS tweaking options, Onboard Power and Reset Buttons
Cons: Embarassing Performance, Worse Performance than a 2 year old chipset!
Conclusion: Chaintech NFORCE2 pulls out in front completing the project 2 minutes ahead of the pack. The Gigabyte KT400A chipset pulls in second but the overall scores are acceptably close. Overclocking The DFI KT400A LanParty is rivaled by the Chaintech 7NJS Zenith NFORCE2 package. Both are within a few dollars of each other.
Excerpt: DFI isn’t leaving anyone guessing with their latest line of high performance, feature-packed boards. The LANParty family is quite obviously aimed at the enthusiast / gamer / modder who wants to show off his system. Dual LAN, UV reactive and RAID 1.5 are just a few of the interesting features found on the LANParty KT400A.