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Abit AT7 Motherboard Review - Specifications

The motherboard industry is all about innovation. Due to the fact that most boards that are based on the same chipset perform virtually identically, it is up to the manufacturer to include something that makes their board stand out from the rest. Abit have gone along way to improve innovation with their release of their MAX series of motherboards, which are legacy free. Abit's first MAX motherboard is their AT7 which is based on the VIA KT333 chipset for the Athlon platform. Follow Asher "Acid" Moses as he tells us if all this innovation is worth it, maybe it will be something we will see in the near future from other manufacturers, or maybe it isn't.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 15, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Abit

Specifications

 

- CPU

 

Supports AMD-K7 Athlon /Athlon XP Socket A 200/266MHz FSB Processors

 

Supports AMD-K7 Duron Socket A 200 MHz FSB Processors

 

- Chipset

 

VIA KT333 / VIA VT8233A

 

Supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 IDE protocol

 

Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)

 

Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 2X(3.3V)and 4X(1.5V)mode (Sideband) device

 

Supports 200/266/333 MHz (100/133/166MHz Double Data Rate) Memory Bus Setting

 

- Ultra DMA 133/ RAID

 

High Point HPT374 IDE Controller

 

Ultra DMA 133MB/sec data transfer rate

 

RAID 0 (striping mode for boosting performance)

 

RAID 1 (mirroring mode for data security)

 

RAID 0 + 1(striping and mirroring)

 

- Memory

 

Four 184-pin DIMM sockets support PC1600/PC2100/PC2700 DDR DRAM modules

 

Supports DDR333 unbuffered DRAMs up to 2GB and registered DRAMs up to 3GB

 

Supports 6 banks up to 3GB DRAMs for unbuffered DDR200/266 modules

 

Supports 8 banks up to 3.5GB DRAMs for registered DDR200/266 modules

 

- Audio

 

Realtek ALC650 (AC-Link)

 

Supports 6CH DAC for AC3 5.1 CH purpose

 

Professional digital audio interface supporting 24-bit SPDIF OUT

 

Card Reader (Optional)

 

Supports Memory card (MS or SD) Interface

 

Supports SONY Memory Stick Interface/ SD Memory Card Interface

 

Supports Compact Flash ROM Interface

 

- System BIOS

 

SoftMenu™ III Technology to set CPU parameters

 

Supports Plug-and-Play (PNP)

 

Supports Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI)

 

Supports Desktop Management Interface (DMI)

 

Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS

 

- LAN

 

On board Realtek 8100B single chip Ethernet controller interface

 

10/100Mb Operation

 

User friendly driver included

 

- Multi I/O Functions

 

2 Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to 4 Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 devices

 

4 Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to 8 Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 (RAID 0/1/1+0) devices

 

4 USB 1.1 Connectors

 

On board VIA VT6202 USB 2.0 header for four extra USB channels

 

Three 1394a fully compliant cable ports at 100/200/400 megabits per second

 

Audio connector (Line-in, Center/Sub, Surround Spk , Front Spk , Mic-in)

 

- Miscellaneous

 

ATX form factor

 

1 AGP 1.5v slot, 3 PCI slots

 

Hardware monitoring (Including Fan speeds, Voltages and System environment temperature)

 

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