Archives: Motherboards

DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B

Like the Terminator, the Socket A platform just refuses to die and it does not look like it is going the way of the dodo anytime soon with AMD releasing the Sempron series of processors today. Enthusiasts today know of the Mobile series of chips and this is where the DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B and Socket A really shine. DFI has released a high end NForce 2 board with Soundstorm and we see how well it holds up against an Athlon 3400+. The results may surprise you
July 28th, 2004

AOpen AK79D-400 MAX

If you think the Nforce2 is played out and tired, think again. AMD64 chips are expensive for us performance peasants so XP chips remain our mainstay. AOpen adds a couple new tricks to spice up the already excellent Nforce2 platform, including their very own silencing technology, adequately dubbed SilentTek.
November 12th, 2003

Chaintech 7NJS Ultra ZENITH Review

If you're looking for an Nforce 2 Ultra 400 based motherboard with a LOT of extras, Chaintech's got a board for you. Designed for the power user that has a need for virtually everything, the 7NJS Ultra Zenith reminds us of the very robust packages that made competitor SOYO a fan favourite.
October 20th, 2003

Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394

Our review today gives us a chance to get our first look at VIA's newest chipset, the KT600. Gigabyte's GA-7T600 is one of the first boards to market with this chipset and we're really looking forward to putting it through it's paces. Featuring a 400MHz front side bus, a reworked memory controller and an integrated SATA/RAID controller VIA hopes to regain some ground for lost to NVIDIA's successful Nforce2 series. VIA also carries over some of the features from the KT400A Chipset, such as; Six-Trac (six channel) AC'97 audio, MC '97 modem and VIA MAC 10/100 LAN.
September 17th, 2003

Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra Review

I think most people who see the name of this board will mistake it for being just a variation of the original Gigabyte 7VA family of boards based on VIA's Triton KT400 chipset. True, the board is similar in features in nearly every way, but it is powered by the newer KT400A chipset, which serves as VIA's response to Nvidia's overwhelmingly successful Nforce2 chipset.
June 10th, 2003

Abit NF7 Motherboard Review

Revision 1.2 of this board extends the range of the CPU vcore and the memory Vcore. The CPU Vcore now hits up to 2.3V, compared to the previous limit of 1.85V, which many of you will agree is nearly useless for the serious (or mad) overclocker.
May 8th, 2003

FIC AU11 Chameleon Motherboard Review

We have long been looking at VIA KT400 boards, and for a while those boards were at the forefront of AMD based boards. Technically, the KT400 didn't bring as much to the table as was hoped, but at the time Nvidia's vaunted NForce2 based boards were nowhere on the horizon.
February 28th, 2003

MSI K7N2 Motherboard Review

Nvidia is best known for their video technologies, but the graphics giant has lately set their sights on core chipsets for mainboards. Thus was born the Nforce chipset. The original Nforce chipset got off to a delayed and shaky start. And the much anticipated Nforce 2 was also delayed - we were already reporting about the Nforce 2 features back in mid-2002.
January 17th, 2003

Gigabyte 7VAXP Motherboard Review

The KT400 chipset is now widespread, and many companies have released their KT400 boards in mass quantities. To continue with our slew of KT400 reviews, we've put Gigabyte's GA-7VAXP Ultra board through our test labs and found the board to have some interesting qualities, and some irksome quirks. Overall though, I think you'll find this board to be an interesting alternative to the other KT400 boards.
December 18th, 2002

Epox 8K9A2+ Motherboard Review

Today we're looking at one of Epox's KT400 boards, which we received with much anticipation. The source of this anticipation was an Epox announcement stating this board allows the enduser to change the clock multiplier through BIOS without unlocking your Athlon chip!
December 12th, 2002

FIC AN19E Motherboard Review

Lately, in the news, there was word that Epox had released a BIOS revision for their 8K9A2+/8K9A3+ KT400 based boards that enabled the user to change their Athlons' clock multipliers without needing to unlock the chip. Fewer people realized at the time that FIC's new AN19E, likewise a KT400 board, could do the very same thing.
November 29th, 2002

Soyo KT400 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review

The KT400 Dragon Ultra is essentially the Swiss Army Knife of KT400 boards. Look at the specs and you will find that it includes nearly every bell and whistle you can wish for: ATA133 IDE RAID (0,1,0+1), integrated 6 Channel hardware based audio, and integrated 10/100 Ethernet.
October 29th, 2002

Epox 8K5A2+ Motherboard Review

While the KT400 has been released already, reports are that it isn’t the most mature chipset yet, and motherboards with that chipset are neither faster nor more overclock friendly then KT333 based boards. This is why many companies still have new KT333 boards very much worth taking a look at, like Epox’s 8K5A2+.
October 4th, 2002

MSI KT4 Ultra Motherboard Review

Over the coming months, a portion of the motherboard market will focus its energy on AGP8X and DDR 333 and DDR400 support. Toward this end, the VIA KT400 chipset serves as a good stopgap solution, with it’s vaunted 8X support and it’s name suggesting DDR400 support.
September 24th, 2002

MSI KT3 Ultra 2 Vs Gigabyte 7VRXP Motherboard Shootout

We got two heavy weights in today using the popular KT333 chipset. MSI KT3 Ultra 2 is MSI’s latest product bearing new Bluetooth technology. The package included the optional Bluetooth networking receivers and transmitters. On the other side, we got Gigabyte’s top KT333 performer, the 7VRXP.
September 17th, 2002

Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review

Since the release of the KT266, Soyo has been producing a fine line of "Dragon" named motherboards that include plenty of onboard goodies that are geared more towards the high end market. What does the KT333 offer over the older KT266a? Really only two things. The first one is the ability to run your memory asynchronous with your CPU bus. When your processor is running on a 133/266 bus, you can have your RAM running at 166/333 at the same time. This gives you a 25% increase in theoretical memory bandwidth. The second new feature is an improvement in the South Bridge to support ATA 133.
May 15th, 2002

Epox 8K3A+ Motherboard Review

Epox has been catering towards the more extreme overclocking crowd for a while now. I've been voltage modding boards for a while now and Epox has been taking the fun out of things lately by offering the kinds of voltages that would normally require a resistor being soldered onto a small IC chip.
April 17th, 2002

MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard Review

MSI is one company that is always one of the first to release a VIA chipset or any chipset for the AMD Athlon. MSI has very close ties with VIA and AMD. They are always among the very first to bring boards for a new chipset to market.
April 3rd, 2002

Gigabyte GA-7VTX Motherboard Review

Gigabyte is a well known and generally well-trusted motherboard manufacturer. They are also known for their regular and early support of AMD's latest and greatest. The GA-7VTX is a Socket A board based on the VIA KT266 chipset. The two major improvements this chipset brings to the table (over the recently declared, ancient KT133[A]) are Double Data Rate SDRAM and V-Link which is VIA's answer to Intel's interlink bus (dubbed the Interlink Hub Architecture).
December 7th, 2001

Soyo SY-K7V Dragon Review

The SOYO SY-K7V Dragon is a Socket-A board based on the VIA KT266. This board is geared toward the overclocking market with plenty of features which we will explore later in this review. One thing to note about this board is that it used VIA’s KT266 chipset which is competitive slower against AMD 760/1 and SiS 735 chipsets.
October 16th, 2001

Epox 8K7A Socket A Motherboard Review

Epox is not one of the better-known motherboard manufacturers out there, but this board certainly moves them in the right direction. Using a DDR supported hybrid chipset combination of the AMD 761 North Bridge and the much talked about VIA VT82686B South Bridge, this board is more about setting up a machine from scratch than upgrading from a previous setup.
July 11th, 2001

AOpen AK73 - 1394 Socket A Motherboard Review

Even though the updated version of the VIA KT133 chipset, the KT133A, was released a number of months ago AOpen choose to use the older version for their AK73-Pro and AK73-1394 motherboards. The only tangible drawback of this for end users is the lack of support for the 133 MHz DDR FSB Athlon CPUs; however, this could be a key feature for some people’s system plans. The upside is that using the older chipset will reduce the cost of the board and money saved is always a good thing.
May 29th, 2001

Soyo K7VTA-B Socket A Motherboard Review

The Soyo K7VTA-B is an updated version of the K7VTA which was released back in November 2000. The major differences are the newer 82C686B south bridge (up from the 82C686A) and better overclocking support (namely in the way of an added clock multiplier setting). Since both boards make use of the aging VIA KT133 chipset, Soyo has also released the K7VTA Pro which uses the updated KT133A. Here is a terse comparison table between the three.
April 13th, 2001

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

Another forerunner, the original GA-7ZX was one of the first Socket-A motherboards available based on VIA’s KT133 chipset, although it wasn’t anything special. Over time Gigabyte has continued to develop the board and the latest version is the GA-7ZXR rev2.1 which is very much improved mobo.
April 3rd, 2001

Epox 8KTA3 Socket A Motherboard Review

EPoX has it’s own trick up its sleeve and it’s called the 8KTA3. This mobo is quite a departure from the previous 8KTAx boards with not only a newer chipset, but a drastically different layout as well. The most likely reason for this is because the older design couldn’t handle the faster FSB speeds that the KT133A sports. The benefit for end users is greater stability which is always a welcome improvement.
March 5th, 2001
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