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.
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.
Built-in FLASH utility
BIOS options too limited
Poor placement of fan headers
Rating - 8/10
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- Crimson Edition hotfix driver released, fixes fan and game issues
- Just Cause 3 experiencing performance issues on the PS4
- 'Star Wars: Rebels' renewed for third season
- Formula E planning driverless championship for 2016
- Microsoft has reportedly fired 60 engineers working on HoloLens
- [ASROCK A75 PRO4] What should my next step be?
- Gigsbyte motherboard supprt problem
- be quiet! Dark Rock TF Top Flow CPU Cooler Review
- Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Problems With USB3
- Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 Review
- AMD Promotes Renowned Graphics Architect Michael Mantor to Corporate Fellow
- IEM San Jose doubles viewership, raises US$38k for charity and crowns new champions
- Students pitch ideas to gaming guru
- Announcing The Live TwitchTV Launch Of Stellar Stars On Steam Greenlight and IndieGoGo This December 1st
- Black Friday - The action game! 45 seconds of fun, fast paced colourful satire. 'Beat The Crowd'