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Rated PC have just finished up a review of the Gigabyte GA-7DXR Motherboard. It uses the AMD 760 chipset and supports DDR RAM. here's a snip:
"The GA-7DXR has enough jumpers settings to keep an overclocker busy for a life time. The three magic settings are available: CPU clock multiplier, front side bus, and Vcore voltage. The multiplier ratios range from 5X to 12.5X. In our test system, a Tbird 1.4GHz 266FSB easily hit 1.6GHz at stable conditions, with the help of major cooling power of the Vantec CCK-6035D. The FSB settings are limited to only eight settings from the jumpers, but the BIOS FSB setting offers a much wider range: 150MHz to 250MHz. To put it simply, the GA-7DXR offer the most complete overclocking capabilities of any other AMD-760 motherboard. On the other hand, for beginners the number of available setting that must be set by the jumpers might be overwhelming."
EPoX is at it yet again. accelenation wants to share what they found out about the EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard. It features that new KT266A chipset. here's a snip:
"EPoX looks like it will be the first manufacturer to actually have the boards on US store shelves, and judging by their last four Athlon boards, the 8K7A, 8KHA, 8KTA3Pro, and 8KTA3, one would assume that this board will definitely be a contender for your money. So let's take a closer look at it."
it's been a while since we have heard from a contender using the ALi Magik chipset, but here ya go. Head on over to OC Tools and see their take on the IWill KA266+ Motherboard. To give you a tease, they were able to run the FSB at 180MHz!. that's right, a 360MHz DDR monster on the loose. here's a snip:
"With the overclockers in mind, I'm sure they made it a point to impress us somehow with this DDR board. If this board doesn't impress you, then you are very hard to please. Out of the box, this retail board performed at more than impressive levels with just average cooling. No hardcore stuff that we so like to put to get that extra bit of performance out. Just all the basic stuff needed to run it."
For those who want the power of a Pentium4 processor but want to still use their old RAM, there is the i845 chipset. t-break has posted a review of the Shuttle AB30R Motherboard that just happens to use that chipset. here's a snip:
"The Pentium 4 is still evolving. Intel realized that RDRAM wasn't really going mainstream and thus decided to introduce an SDRAM based chipset in the for of 845. We got one such motherboard from Shuttle modeled as AB30. If you remember, the Shuttle AK31 won an Editor's Choice award from us because of it's performance, stability and overclocking. Can Shuttle pull it off again?"
For those who are not yet ready to jump aboard the DDR bandwagon, take a stroll over to Overclockers Online. They have just posted a review of the IWill KK266Plus-R Motherboard and want to share the scoop with you. here's a snip:
"To check out what our KK266plus-R was capable of, we decided to test it by using the fastest AMD CPU currently available (the Athlon 1.4GHz) and some fast OCZ Performance Max SDRAM (pretested stable @ 175MHz CAS3) to be sure the memory doesn't act as a bottleneck. After some serious experimenting, I found out that the KK266plus-R is capable of running my Athlon CPU and the memory @ 161MHz CAS3 and @ 153MHz CAS2. that's quite an achievement, don't you think?? :)"
The folks over at OC Workbench have just posted a review of the Shuttle AV40 Motherboard. It features support for the Pentium4 Processor and uses the VIA P4x266 chipset and DDR memory.
What happens when Intel decides to try to get away from RDRAM and use normal SDRAM on their new Pentium 4 Processors? Just head on over to Hardware Zone and see in their latest review covering the Chaintech 9BJA Motherboard. here's a snip:
"As with all i845 chipset mainboards, the Chaintech 9BJA features support for the new mPGA 478 processor form factor. The board also comes with five PCI slots, as well as a CNR slot below the fifth PCI slot. Memory fetish users should also be happy to hear that the i845 chipset permits the 9BJA board to support up to 3GB of SDRAMs. As CPU-zilla pointed out in his MSI 845 Pro2 preview, 3GB of memory is quite ambitious at this point of time, since the highest density for PC133 SDRAMs is only 512MB. Of course, that could change in the near future."
Overclockers Club has just posted a review of the Abit KG7-RAID Motherboard. here's a snip:
"Abit once again, hits a home run with their KG7-RAID. Featuring their incredible SoftMenuIII BIOS! With six PCI slots, AGP 4X, Four 184-pin DIMM sockets support up to 4 GB PC1600/PC2100 DDR SDRAM, four UDMA100 controllers allowing up to 8 Ultra DMA 33/66/100( RAID 0 /1/0+1), what's not to like? This board is top-of-the-line , best of the best, far more superior than any other board on the market! ..I highly recommend this board, and would recommend this board to anyone seeking for a high performance, highly overclockable, DDR motherboard."
For those not yet willing to take the plunge into the DDR arena, there is still a lot of boards to be had that use your older RAM. Head on over to OC Tools and see what they had to say about one such board; namely the IWill KK266+ Motherboard. here's a snip:
"Iwill has clearly perfected the KT133A board with their KK266plus. Overclocks above 160mhz is not rare with this board as seen on this retail box when matched with superior SDRAM like Corsair PC150 or Mushkin REV3. With all the pluses that goes with the motherboard like the onboard 6 channel sound and Iwill Microstepping, the KK266+ is the best KT133A Socket A board available for your AMD chip. I know DDR is just around the corner but the KK266's benchmark scores speaks for itself. Compare it and you will see for yourself."
The VIA KT266 chipset has come far in the past months, and the folks over at Overclockers Australia want to show you their take of the Asus A7V266 Motherboard. here's a snip:
"While many gamers and overclockers have the A7M266 and have been very happy with it, many were disappointed that multiplier adjustments weren't included (unless you do the solder job on the board and effectively destroy your warranty and/or the board). The A7V266 does it right this time with both dipswitch and BIOS options for V-Core, Multiplier, FSB and also RAM voltage. The FSB is adjustable with 1MHz increments and the board also has adjustable FSB/PCI/MEM ratios."