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.
Recommended for You
- 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.
Latest News Posts
- The new Zelda game takes up nearly half Switch's storage
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 900p docked, 720p undocked
- Super Mario Odyseey hits 7 million views on YouTube
- Mass Effect: Andromeda will support HDR10, Dolby Vision
- GIGABYTE's Aorus brand is ready for next-gen GPUs
- Intel 82579v - Code 10 - media disconnected
- 80mm or 92mm Fan for D8000-3
- p67a-ud3-b3 with u1d UEFI bios: pcie 4x works as 1x
- Can't Find PC-O10 Riser Kit
- Help overclocking x5460 / GA-EP43-UD3L past 3.99ghz
- BIOSTAR announces Z270 motherboard lineup
- Immersion and Nintendo enter into agreement to bring Immersion's TouchSense Technology to the Nintendo Switch System
- LucidSound invites Nintendo Switch gamers to a new standard of powered audio with the LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset
- Opera Neon envisions the future of web browsers
- Nintendo Switch launches March 3 at $299.99