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The Abit KT7E board has been around for a bit now, but not too many folks have taken a good look at it. Probably because it was labeled as a Budget Board right from the beginning. Overclocked Cafe takes a look at it in their latest review. here's a snip:
"For a budget motherboard it pounds out solid non-budget motherboard numbers. For those with 200MHz FSB AMD's looking for a motherboard that will give them a bit more life out of their processor and SDRAM, it would be an excellent choice. Anyone looking to build a solid budget system, the KT7E becomes another excellent choice, it's bare bones approach makes it affordable, couple that with a Duron and an MX based video card, and you are looking at a complete system at a very reasonable price."
Mr PC Pro takes a look at the Acorp 7KTA1 Motherboard which is based on the VIA KT133A chipset. it's a low-cost board that has some overclocking abilities that the site takes a look at. here's a snip:
"You can manipulate the "Clock by Slight Adjust" number to a number ranging from 133-166, and 100-132MHz if you are using a 100MHz FSB Athlon or Duron. The best I was able to do was 142MHz. I did hit 145Mhz, but 3DMark 2001 would crash in about a minute. So a 9MHz boost isn't what I call a super overclock, but you will still see some benefit."
Whether you like them or not, the Pentium4 processors are making some waves in the computer industry. With clock speeds closing in on the elusive 2GHz barrier, they are the current leader in overall clock speed. So what kind of motherboard would you want for one of these beasts? OnePC.net takes a look at one such board in their latest review of the DFI WT70-EC Motherboard. here's a snip:
"If you're looking for a fully-loaded motherboard with built-in 3D 6-channel audio and RAID support, the DFI WT70-EC is not for you. But if you're looking for a solid board to help you get started with the Pentium 4 platform, this board is a good choice--especially for its price!"
It seems that "Tualatin Ready" is the latest buzzword in the Intel camp these days. It basically describes a motherboard that is ready to support the Tualatin processors that are hitting the streets. Hardware Unlimited has taken a gander at the Abit version of Tualatin boards. So take a look at their review of the Abit ST6-RAID Motherboard and see if it's worth your hard-earned upgrading dollars.
The SiS735 chipset has been making some serious waves in the overclocking community, and MSI has decided to jump on the bandwagon. So check out t-break and their latest review of the MSI K735 Motherboard. here's a snip:
"One thing we noticed was that if you change the clock multiplier and the system fails to POST, just wait for a few seconds and the multiplier is automatically adjusted to it's original setting- pretty neat. However, changing FSB speeds and not being able to POST doesn't reset the FSB speed to the CPU default."
The folks over at Active Hardware have been playing with a new motherboard lately, namely the Biostar M7VKD. It utilizes the KT133A chipset and is "a product destined for the mid-range market". Is it worth consideration when it comes time to upgrade? Go find out for yourself.
accelenation has put together a review for you of the MSI KT266 Pro-R Motherbaord. here's a snip:
"MSI has consistently ranked in the top 4 in motherboard sales over the past few years thanks to its solid motherboard designs and quick releases. MSI was the first motherboard company to deliver a Socket A motherboard when the Thunderbird was released. This motherboard, the K7T Pro, has evolved into the K7T Pro2 and K7T Turbo. The latest incarnation of the VIA based Socket A series is the K7T266 Pro, with full support for DDR memory."
CoreSpeed 3D has gotten hold of an AOpen AK73 1394(a) Motherboard and put it through it's paces. Now they want to share the information they received from the testing, poking and prodding. here's a snip:
"The white clip at the bottom of the AGP slot is a AGP retention clip - finally someone put a piece of plastic on the board to use the back fin of the video card that I wondered why companies even included. This clip works awesome and makes sure your Geforce3 that you took a mortgage out on your soul to obtain doesn't become dislodged during transit."
The AMD760 chipset has been a good performer when it comes to all-out Athlon performance, but the cost has left some folks with a dry taste in their mouths. So what would happen if you could make a motherboard based on this chipset and still maintain KT133A board prices? To see for yourself, head on over to Bench House and check out their review of the Chaintech 7KJD Motherboard. here's a snip:
"...Then we come to the southbridge, which, in case of the 7KJD model, has an interesting solution. Instead of the usual implementation of VIA 686B controller, used by most manufacturers who produce AMD 761 system controller based models (ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte ), Chaintech decided to use newer VIA VT8231 IDE controller..."
What do you get when you combine the AMD 761 chipset, 3 DDR DIMM slots, AGP Pro and IDE RAID? To find out, head on over to The Duke of URL and see their latest review of the Gigabyte GA-7DXR Motherboard.