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Gigabyte 8KNXP Review

The first thing we noticed looking at this board is the colorful layout that has become characteristic with Gigabyte boards. While garish to some, those who have window cases and light mods should enjoy the pastel colors that make up DIMM, IDE and miscellaneous slots and connectors.
June 27th, 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

Gigabyte GA-SINXP1394 Motherboard Review

Many of you were impressed by the performance of Intel's 7205 "Granite Bay" chipset when we reviewed the MSI GNB Max-FIR - and rightly so, since the GNB combined high performance with a wealth of features. Unfortunately, the GNB, and the 7205 in general, is limited because it really only supports up to DDR266 in Dual Channel Mode. This is why when Sis announced their Sis655 chipset, with full Dual Channel AND DDR400 support, our eyebrows rose up a knotch.
March 25th, 2003

MSI GNB Max Motherboard Review

Dual Channel DDR is now one of the topic buzzwords on everyone's mind. Although we've already published reviews of Nvidia's Nforce 2 boards like FIC's AU11 with Dual Channel support, it was actually Intel that first introduced us to DualChannel memory with their E7205 "Granite Bay" chipset.
March 12th, 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

MSI 648 Max Review

While DDR400 and official DDR333 support have been explored on the AMD platform, we haven't taken a look at too many more recent P4 boards in a while. Changes have been happening on the P4 front too, and the introduction of chipsets like the Sis648 has marked improvements that mirror changes to the AMD market.
December 5th, 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

AOpen AX4B 533 Tube Motherboard Review

Today we have a unique product on our plate. The first ever consumer motherboard with a vacuum tube as a part of its onboard audio subsystem. This is not only an industry first, it’s one of the many industry firsts introduced by AOpen.
November 14th, 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

FIC VC19 Socket 478 Motherboard Review

FIC is another performance motherboard manufacturers who has constantly produced quality motherboards for more than 20 years. Today, they have the VC19, an Intel P4 based board for us to test. Previously, we were able to test the VC15 also another Intel based board. We should be able to see what improvements has been made since then.
September 18th, 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

Intel 845D Tweaking Guide

In this article we are going to look at improving the performance of Intel's I845D (DDR) chipset which is designed for single processor use. We have been digging into the white papers on this chipset over the past week to try and find out every last thing we could about this chipset! If you've been around this site for very long you know all about chipset registers by now.
August 21st, 2002

Asynchronous Bus Guide

Currently the most popular chipset for a single CPU Athlon system is the KT333. It supports things like ATA 133 and DDR333 that have quickly become standards. Most KT333 board manufacturers have opted to use an asynchronous bus to support DDR333 instead of adding in a 1/5 divider and supporting a true 166Mhz bus. I'm not a big fan of this at all. The gains of running an asynchronous bus aren't as big as you'd expect.
July 16th, 2002

AOpen AX4B Max Motherboard Review

Todays board the AX4B Max uses Intels 845D chipset which brings DDR to the 100Mhz FSB processors. This chipset is targeted to the lower end market. When properly tweaked the 845D can offer performance that rivals the 850 at a considerably lower cost.
June 20th, 2002

FIC VC15 Motherboard Review

FIC has been around since the 80's and produces motherboards, video cards, PC systems and mobile devices. They've made a name for themselves in the low-cost basic boards arena. The Intel 845D chipset is geared directly towards that.
May 30th, 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
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