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Abit KR7A-RAID KT266A Motherboard Review - Abit KR7A RAID - Page 6

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!

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

Overclocking

 

In usual Abit style, the KR7A features all the options you would require in order to tweak your system for maximum performance. This is done via Abit's SoftMenu III in the BIOS. You can set the multiplier from 5x to 13x and you are able to set the FSB all the way up to 200MHz in 1MHz increments. You can also adjust the CPU, DIMM and I/O voltages however; you can only set the Vcore up to 0.10v over default voltage.

 

I was able to overclock my AMD Athlon 1.2GHz (9x133) processor all the way up to 1.43GHz (9x159). I ran Prime95 for 24 hours and did not encounter one crash. Throughout testing the board remained very stable and I am very pleased with the KR7A's overclocking results.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall I was very pleased with the KR7A. On top of being high performing and feature rich, it also boasts a good layout and excellent performance, speed wise. To add to the list of compliments, it is one of the most stable motherboards I have ever had the pleasure of using. Overclocking results were pleasing and Abit's SoftMenu III enables users to easily tweak their PC for maximum performance.

 

Taking the above features into account, there is no doubt that this is an enthusiast motherboard, with no onboard sound and no AMR, CNR or ISA slots. At a price of around $AUD396 it is not the cheapest motherboard available however, it is well worth the money in my opinion.

 

- Pro's

 

Excellent Performance

 

Very stable

 

Good layout

 

Great overclocker

 

6 PCI slots

 

4 DIMM slots

 

ATA133 controller

 

Diagnostic LEDs

 

- Con's

 

Poor CPU socket placement

 

No AGP retention mechanism

 

Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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