- ABIT KV7 (KT600) Mainboard
The new KV7 motherboard from ABIT is one of the latest additions using the VIA KT600 chipset. The KV7 utilizes the KT600 north-bridge along with the VT8237 south-bridge chipsets that provides a fast and efficient 8X V-Link connection (533MB/s) between the two to ensure little to no bottleneck in performance. The combination of the KT600 and the VT8237 allows the KV7 to support the Athlon XP 400Mhz FSB, 6.1 channels of audio (incl. SPDIF output connector), as well as all the other common features generally seen on current boards today (S-ATA RAID etc.) This would definitely have to be one of the best KT600 based boards i've come across so far. Check out Dean's review at Overclocker Cafe.
The emergence of the VIA KT600 chipset was an attempt to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by NVidia and their nForce2. The KT600 offers improvement over its predecessors in the way of official support of chips using a 400MHz front side bus, VIA's VT1616 codec for improved audio performance, increased V-Link to 1066MHz (up from 533HMz) and native SATA ports thanks to the VIA VT8238 South Bridge. So as you can see there are several improvements with the latest generation VIA board. The central question is 'sure, all the extra stuff is nice but will the KT600 be able to compete and beat out the nForce2?'
ABIT has put out their version of the KT600 in the form of the KV7 board. ABIT, long known for high quality and performance products seems to be aiming the KV7 at a more cost sensitive audience. With many of the improvements and additional native support for items found on the KT600, the KV7 very well may make quite a showing. Let's take a look at the board and see what we have.
- Bytecc Aluminium 3.5" HDD Mobile External Enclosure
This excellent idea by a company we haven't heard much of in the past would suit quite a lot of people I think. I particularly like it because of it's hot-swappable capabilities, plus it can also allow for connection via firewire. This allows for much faster transfer rates over that of your usual USB 2.0 standard generally seen on devices such as these, although it does of course support the USB standard as well assuming your PC didn't have firewire capabilities. It would also be ideal for people needing to unplug / swap hdd's over on a regular basis, merely for convenience and sheer ease of use. Head on over to Think Computers where Bob gives you a solid rundown on this fine product.
To tell you the truth I had never thought that external enclosures were anything special. I have never owned a laptop or anything that would require me to have an external drive. Well bytecc has sent us their aluminium 3.5" HDD mobile external enclosure, and I have got to say I am impressed. Not only does the external enclosure add an extra hard drive to your computer, it looks cool too. Before I tell you all the details lets take a look at the product!
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