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Abit NV7-133R Motherboard Review

When nVidia first came out with the news that they would be entering the AMD chipset market, the world waited with baited breath. The idea of a solid player in the performance arena plus decent graphics built onto the mainboard itself was an eagerly anticipated event. But then the board came out and it was a near disaster. But that hasn't stopped nVidia from plowing on and coming up with something better. Join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the Abit NV7-133R Motherboard. It uses the new nVidia nForce 415 chipset to come up with a new player in the motherboard market. Can they do a better job this time around? Let's see for ourselves.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 10, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Abit

 

Introduction

 

When information leaked that nVidia was going to be producing a motherboard chipset for the Athlon platform, rumors regarding possible performance and specifications were rampant. The nForce was one of the most anticipated motherboard chipsets ever, and due to the hype that surrounded its release, many consumers were expecting to see mind blowing performance, unlike anything we have ever seen from an integrated chipset. While this is partly true, when nForce was finally released, many of us couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed. Although its performance was on par with VIA's KT266A chipset, all the hype that preceeded its release led people to believe that the nForce would perform much better than it did.

 

That said, the nForce chipset is a big step forward as far as technology is concerned, being the first chipset to support HyperTransport Technology and 128-bit DDR SDRAM. Also, the nForce's array of integrated components are of much higher quality than that of competing integrated chipsets, which is ideal for those that are looking at building a low-cost Athlon-based system.

 

Today we are taking a look at one of Abit's latest motherboards, based on the nForce 415 chipset; the NV7-133R. The nForce 415 is basically the same as the older 420D chipset, however, it does not include the integrated GeForce2 MX GPU.

 

Abit are known for releasing their motherboards a few months later than the other Taiwan-based manufacturers, such as MSI, EPoX, etc. The reason for this is that they like to thoroughly test and tweak their boards before releasing them to the public. This, in many cases, results in a much higher quality, and most importantly, stable motherboard. Can the same be said for the NV7-133R? Read on to find out!

 

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