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Chaintech Apogee 7VJL Motherboard Review - Conclusion

With all the new KT333 based Athlon boards hitting the market, how can we know for sure what is hot... and what is not? Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Chaintech Apogee 7VJL Motherboard. It has some very innovative features, but can it hang with the big boys? Let's find out!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 27, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Chaintech

Conclusion - Very good, but still room for improvement

 

Chaintech have done a remarkable job for their first and only KT333 board at the time of writing. Stability of the board, even with aggressive memory timings was remarkable. 3D systems had a tendency to crash at high resolutions with the ATi 128MB Radeon 8500, but we aren't sure if that was a Radeon issue or motherboard issue.

 

Overclocking was very in depth and allows the user excellent control of their overclocking styles. While we managed 163MHz out of the system, it still doesn't hold up to the highest of overclocking standards, perhaps a new BIOS might fix some of those 3D and overclocking problems.

 

As for features, USB 2.0 onboard is excellent as well as networking. Personally I am a bit disappointed since there was no Promise or Highpoint RAID controller built onto the board. If you have a RAID setup and want to upgrade, you'll need to bring a RAID card with you for this board or alternatively have to look at another board. Firewire would have also been nice but not a necessity

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Reasonable overclocking

 

USB 2.0

 

Uses new Southbridge

 

- Cons

 

No RAID controller

 

3D performance lacks

 

No active cooling for Northbridge.

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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