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ASUS A7V8X Motherboard Review

Former staff writer    -   November 17, 2002
Category: Motherboards
GF City Computers
Price: $133 USD


Introduction:





A few months ago I bought a new Abit KX7-333R motherboard and it was one of the best boards out. However like always they come out with better technology the very next month such as the VIA KT400 chipset and the Serial ATA technology. Such feature can be found on the motherboard that I'm reviewing today, the Asus A7F8X. The Asus A7V8X motherboard can be bought choc full of features such as: Serial ATA, (4) USB 2.0 ports, RAID, AGP 8x, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), Gigabit LAN Port, DDR400, and Asus Post Reporter. When I requested this board from KnowledgeMicro they only had the "crippled" version of this motherboard in stock. What I mean by crippled is that some of the optional features were not found on my board. For example, my board did not have Serial ATA and Firewire. Cripple, really isn't a very good word since this board still has plenty of other very nice features. So let's find out what those features are!

Features

  • DDR400 Support
  • Gigabit LAN Ready
  • Serial ATA (optional)
  • S/PDIF in/out Interface
  • ASUS Post Reporter
  • IEEE 1394 (optional)
  • USB 2.0 Ready
  • ASUS Q-Fan



    What you get

  • Asus A7V8X Motherboard
  • (2) IDE Cables
  • Floppy Cable
  • Game & Firewire Redirect Ports
  • Motherboard Faceplate
  • Thick User Manual
  • Quick start user manual
  • CD -Drivers & Utilities




    Specifications:



    Motherboard Specifications
    CPU Socket Socket A for Athlon XP/ Athlon/ Duron up to 2.4GHz+
    Thoroughbred core CPU ready
    Chipset                                         North Bridge: VIA KT400                                          South Bridge: VIA VT8235
    FSB 266/200 MHz
    Memory Support 3 x DDR PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600
    Multiplier Options up to 22.5x in 0.5x steppings
    Bus Speed Options up to 227 MHz in 1 MHz steppings
    Voltages 1.75 - 2.0 in 0.025v increments
    Form Factor ATX Form Factor
    12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
    Expansion Slots 6 x PCI, 1 x AGP, 1 x Wireless card slot
    AGP Support 8x AGP
    USB/Firewire Support 4x Standard USB 2.0, 2 x 1394 (Firewire) ports (optional)
    Integrated Components Realtek 6-channel CODEC & S/PDIF in/out interface
    Bios Award BIOS
    Onboard IDE 2 x ATA100 EIDE 2 x Serial ATA (optional)



    1. Introduction & Specifications
    2. Closer Look
    3. Configuration
    4. Testing & Conclusion
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