Any company can copy a reference design; a good manufacturer improves upon it. After a bit of toying around with ways to lessen their involvement with the production of the K7M, ASUS eventually rose to the point where they came out and fully supported the motherboard. This implies that the idea was a late one, and is further backed up by the fact that there are many revisions of this board, the original with Audio being without the necessary switches. Buying a motherboard made by a manufacturer like Asus is also a plus as new BIOS updates will always be available, unlike many smaller PC component companies, and its wide use in the overclocking community ensures support is available from all levels. The A7V is definitely the motherboard to get if you have an Unlocked Duron or Thunderbird Athlon processors as it will allow you to get maximum performance from your hardware. On automatic settings, the BIOS can control these settings and to a degree can be used for changing the FSB and voltage input, but greater accuracy is achieved by using dipswitches and jumpers.

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Memory benchmarks are to expected as the memory is only running at mhz and its Generic memory as well.

Asus A7V-VE Quick Start Manual: External Connectors

Even with the processor running at 1. If need be, ASUS could theoretically easily replace the VRM module it’s not plugged into a socket, so you would have to de-solder the connections a7vv removing the board with a quick RMA back to the factory, but then again, we’re not sure if this was what ASUS had in mind.

As we continue the comparison to the KT7-RAID, the heatsink on the VIA North Bridge isn’t actively cooled like that on the ABIT board, which is fine, since we saw no need for it, at the same time, there is vf thermal compound placed between the North Bridge and the heatsink itself to aid in transferring heat.

After a lot of tweaking, I managed to get the CPU running stable at Mhz, which is what its set at now as I type this review. I used a small drop of heat transfer compound to aid the heat sink in its duties. Since ev cautious entry into the Athlon motherboard market, ASUS has become much more comfortable with releasing boards that support AMD’s flagship.


Review: ASUS A7V – Mainboard –

We have yet to see ASUS do something that didn’t have a very good reason behind it, so we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their engineers know what they’re doing. The stability it gave during benchmarking and still does. The most interesting feature on the A7V is its various dipswitches that control Multiplier adjustment and front side bus adjustment.

ATX form factor x mm. Also on the board is support for up to 7 USB ports that is provided on a small hub that sits in a card bay. I had read a lot of reviews before parting with my hard earned cash, and the seemed to offer the best overclocking potential. On of the biggest advantage to extreme Overclockers is the presence of a riser board next to the positioning of the Socket A.


Log in Don’t have an account? Another example of the ASUS standard would be their K7M, quite possibly the most highly anticipated motherboard for the Athlon processor. The Socket A package follows the latest trend in processor designs, with the CPU core exposed on the top of the chip, thus allowing a vee sink plate to fit flush against the core.

The Asus was one of the first Socket A awus to be released, and appears to have many advantages over its rivals.

The Northbridge chip has a heat sink on for passive cooling, presumably to make the board more stable. An instant winner in our eyes, the CUSL2 took the same chipset that every other motherboard manufacturer was equipped with, and managed to produce a motherboard that was more impressive than any other design based on that chipset.

The ability to overclock a chip this way is not documented in the Asus manual but is shown on the Asus website. ASUS has always been one of the most solid and well-respected motherboard manufacturers in the industry.

Below assu the Sandra Multimedia Benchmark Scores at mhz. The A7V is be very competent motherboard, with a host of impressive features.


To complement this new design, a rash of new motherboards have appeared on the market with the latest offering from Asus appearing to be the most appealing. AGP Pro is normally found on workstation class graphics adapters, but the slot also support AGPx4 found on the latest high-end gaming graphics adaptors.

While it is difficult to say exactly why ASUS chose to mount these components vertically, there are a number of possibilities that could hold true.

The next thing I checked was to see if it was the Dipswitch version, which it was, so a lot of overclocking was in order. Asus has recognised the needs of the most extreme Overclockers by including drilled holes on the PCB where heavy duty cooling equipment aa7v be physically bolted onto the board in safe locations. Asuus without an Unlocked processor, the A7V still continues to shine with its extra features that make it suitable for a high-end system.

This way maximum system stability is achieved and a processor can be overclocked at the same time. ASUS has attained this high level of respect by consistently delivering some of the most reliable, high performing and flexible motherboard designs we have ever seen.

ASUS A7V Socket-A KT133 ATX

The latter is very rear, but the one with Multiplier Dip-Switches is the most interesting, as it allows limitless overclocking potential when adus with a willing CPU. The advantages of an overclocked PC are apparent here as the speed of is only a whisker slower that an Athlon 1Ghz and on par with a 1Ghz Pentium 3 Processor.

On automatic settings, the BIOS can control these settings and to a degree can be used for changing the FSB and voltage input, but greater accuracy is achieved by using dipswitches and jumpers. The larger board size means that all necessary connections are nicely laid out and in well thought of locations. The FSB can be increased in 1mhz increments in the asux mhz range.