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Gigabyte GA-7ZXR Rev2.1 Socket A Motherboard Review - PAGE 1

- Tuesday, April 3rd, 2001 Like Share


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Redemption Apr 3, 01
Just thought I would link a related post by Mike Stirton, MIke made some good comments and had some questions that you all might be interested in reading .

http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/index.php?fn=view_thread&t=2474



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philm Apr 3, 01
cool!

I didn't realise this board was an overclocker's board; I beleive this is the first Gigabyte board that supports changing bus speeds and by such small increments. This is the new revison of this board; did the old one support this kind of overclocking too? I was looking to buy a Gigabyte board earlier this year but they didn't have anything that could give good o/c support so I had to go with the MSI Pro2-A instead.

Plus I love that blue PCB! =D
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dgrant Apr 3, 01
I don't believe that the original GA-7ZX had any overclocking capabilities. The revision 1.x of the GA-7ZXR I believe had some overclocking abilities, but sparse she was. The rev 2.x boards are well ripened and ready for picking though!

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Hector Murray Apr 3, 01
I would have liked to see you push the board and comment on how well/poorly it overclocked, was it stable at speed, at what point ( if at all) the boards performance took a nose dive and if it was worth overclocking at all. It's a nice board and color doesn't mean squat to me. PERFORMANCE on the other hand, is all that matters ( unless you enjoy looking at your mobo and not operating it). Why would I purchase this board over an Asus A7V ? or an Abit socket a 133/266 board ? This mobo has many options and options are nice, but their better if they work and from this article I can't tell that they do work at overclock speeds.
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Samson Apr 3, 01
I like a blue PCB like the next guy, but more overclocking results would have made the review more valuable, especially if the board has such great overclocking features - everyone wants to know how well those "features" translates to real world performance.
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Samson Apr 3, 01
PS. I still liked the review. Keep up the good work!

Looking forward to more burner reviews on my part. I am still waiting on the VeloCD review that Redemption (or was that Entity) said you guys are going to try and review. Been hearing good things about that drive.
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dgrant Apr 3, 01
Samson and Hector, your points about overclocking are definitely founded. Problem: I am using my own CPU for the Socket A mobo reviews and I initially had no problems testing overclocking results. That is, until my chip mysteriously stopped working (I am pretty sure it wasn't the overclocking, but you never know). That was the 650MHz Duron that I used in the 8KTA2 and FIC AZ11E reviews. I don't have the cash to buy another chip right now, if this one were to go out on me. Once the money starts rolling, I guarantee that I will do much more in the way of overclocking, but right now in these tough Internet times I am stuck in a hard place.

In regards to the Blue PCB, you can call me a sucker, but I still like it. I do tend to open up my case all the time and screw around with the innards, so that probably has something to do with it. Or maybe I am just a big loser
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Ginge Apr 5, 01
I have the ver.1 of this board and was mightly impressed with all the gumph about overclocking. The manual talked about the Easytune III program bundled with it but alas it did not work. I went onto their site and downloaded a newer version of the Easytune III (which suports the 7zxr) again no joy. I am currently running a 900mhz thunderbird and would like to sqeeze a little more out of it before buying a faster CPU.... Any hints/tips would be greatfilly apreciated.
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mcfc98 Apr 18, 01

ive got the 2.2 ver of this board and the easytune works like a charm - i clocked my 1ghz to 1.1 by pressing a couple of buttons!!
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Phazer Nov 13, 02
This motherboard is an alright motherboard, but i am a greater fan of the Abit KT7A. The dual bios is a nice feature along with many others, but one problem which i have run into is that this board can be very unstable with plug and play devices. It especially becomes difficult when you want to install a sound blaster live sound card on the system, with the integrated card on board. If it is not set up just right, the IRQs will conflict.
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