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Gigabyte GA-7VTXE Motherboard Review - GA-7VTXE - Page 6

Gigabyte has been in the business of making motherboards for quite some time now; since 1986 to be exact. They weren't really a name that was held in high regard by Power Users, but with the AMD Thunderbird striking with such force, they have risen to the challenge and mass-produce several different varieties of motherboard for it. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he delves into the workings of the Gigabyte GA-7VTXE motherboard. It uses the VIA KT266A chipset coupled with DDR memory, so let's see what it has to offer.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 6, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Overclocking

 

While I can't say anything bad about the stability of this board, its overclockability leaves a good bit to be desired. BIOS adjustments are limited on this model, and would better suit the OEM than the hardcore user.

 

Voltage settings for the processor are very limited with the choices being +5.0%, +7.5%, and +10.0%. These are the only choices for voltage of any kind. There were no settings for I/O voltages, nor memory voltages. This will severely limit your ability to get the most out of a processor.

 

Also, there are no options to adjust the multiplier of the processor. This is probably the worst omission possible, as it will make the default multiplier the only choice available. It will also limit the ability of your FSB speeds to hit their peak since most processors won't hit the high FSB speeds at stock multiplier settings. The multiplier is almost always lowered so that the FSB can be cranked up to as fast as possible.

 

FSB settings are done through the BIOS and can be completed in 1MHz increments. The limits depend on where you set the jumper on the motherboard (remember, there is only one on the board). If you set it to a base 100MHz FSB, then you can adjust your speeds from 100-128MHz. If you set the jumper to 133, then you'll have a limit of 133-161MHz. While these aren't as fast as some, it is unlikely that you'll get to the ceiling due to the lack of multiplier adjustments.

 

Conclusion

 

So what do we have here? We have a motherboard that is made by a company that is noted for a solid product and a reasonable price. We have a board that is very stable. We have a board that retails for under US$100.

 

We also have a board that won't be able to give you the best possible performance that your processor can deliver. Its lack of options just won't allow for a solid overclock of your system. But then we go back to that price and realize that the board wasn't designed for that type of workload.

 

Bottom line...if you're in the market for a stable and well built board that utilizes the best chipset available for the AMD processors, and you don't have any future plans for overclocking your system, then you just can't go wrong with this motherboard. BUT if you are a hardcore enthusiast who has plans of the fastest system on the face of the planet, then you had best look for a motherboard that will give you more choices in the BIOS. The 7VTXE just doesn't have it.

 

- Pros

 

Very stable

 

Excellent price

 

Great chipset

 

Dual BIOS

 

Built-in FLASH utility

 

- Cons

 

BIOS options too limited

 

Poor placement of fan headers

 

Rating - 8/10

 

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