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Abit KR7A-RAID KT266A Motherboard Review - Abit KR7A RAID - Page 4

The KT266A chipset was met with much fanfare and rave reviews. This is because its high performance and vast array of features gave it a leading edge over the competition. Join Asher "Acid" Moses in his first publication at TweakTown as he takes a look at Abit's KT266A offering, the KR7A-RAID. Can Abit continue their trend of high performance, highly tweakable motherboards? Read the review to find out!

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 28, 2001 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Abit



One of the most unique features the KR7A offers is ATA133 support through a Highpoint HPT372 RAID controller. Although there isn't many ATA133 hard drives available at the moment, this is a great inclusion for those of you that are looking to keeping this board for a while. In case some of you may be wandering, the ATA133 controller is backwards compatible with older ATA 66/100 drives. Unfortunately, I could not test ATA133 performance, as an ATA133 hard drive was not available at the time.



The KR7A features a set of three diagnostic LEDs, located next to the IDE connectors. These will help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise with the board. The KR7A's northbridge is cooled by the traditional heatsink/fan unit that we are used to seeing on Abit motherboards. Although an active cooler on the northbridge is not necessary, it will insure stable operation at all times.




The only complaint I have is that there was no inclusion of an AGP retention mechanism. This could come in handy if you transport your PC often and don't want to worry about your video card slipping out of place. Other than this, there are not many other features that I have not already discussed in the layout section.


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