Of the three memory slots that are on-board, we were happy to find out that you can populate all three, without sacrificing the stability of the motherboard. Normally, we don’t complain too much about layouts, unless there are some serious issues which was the case with the A7V Continuing along with the elegance theme, ASUS is one of the first motherboard manufacturers to implement serious thermal protection on their Socket-A motherboards. The other issue we had with the layout of the board was that the CPU fan connector is very far away from the CPU socket. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Log in Don’t have an account? Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.
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You can disable the controller through an on-board jumper but it’s much more convenient to have the option in the BIOS.
A simple BIOS option that most other motherboard manufacturers offer would clear up this frustration in an instant. Post Your Comment Please s7v333 in or sign up to comment.
ASUS A7V – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June
Just as with the passive North Bridge cooling mentioned above, we’d like to see more motherboard manufacturers awus in ASUS’ footsteps with this design.
Although you can adjust the setting, the actual voltage being fed to the processor was never adjusted; we’re assus this is a BIOS issue and will be fixed shortly. The other problem we have with the ASUS board is that you cannot disable the Promise BIOS from loading, which increases boot time tremendously as the controller searches for any devices attached to it. ASUS was one of the first boards to offer Thoroughbred support, though the version of audoo BIOS that is currently available wouldn’t allow us to change the core voltage of the Thoroughbred processor.
We’re not sure whether the problem is related to Kingston or ASUS at this point; seeing as how the memory worked fine in every other motherboard we’re betting the blame is with ASUS for this one.
With the prevalence of home networks and broadband internet, we would assume ASUS would find that a more valuable feature than the on-board Firewire, if they had to make a choice between the two.
The AGP Pro50 slot really only makes sense for workstation-users, as the only cards that require it are made by 3D Labs. Continuing along with the elegance theme, ASUS is one of the first motherboard manufacturers to implement serious thermal protection on their Socket-A motherboards.
ASUS bundled a separate bracket with the board that has both 6-pin and 4-pin Firewire connectors; this bracket obviously takes up a slot cutout in the rear of your case, but the inclusion of both 4-pin and 6-pin ports are useful since 4-pin to 6-pin cables are much more common than 6-pin to 6-pin cables.
Log in Don’t have saus account? This fanless design makes a lot of sense and it’s quite common on Intel-based motherboards for some reason, we’d like to see the same continue in boards from other manufacturers as well.
Normally, we don’t complain too much about layouts, unless there are some serious issues which was the case with the A7V Of the three memory slots that are on-board, we were happy to find out that you can populate all three, without sacrificing the stability of the motherboard.
CMedia – 6 Channel. The board worked just fine with all of the other DDR memory we tested. Oftentimes, manufacturers will use cheap North Bridge fans, which end up contributing to a noisy system, something ASUS has also managed to eliminate with this design. ASUS has been a favorite of ours for quite some time; their commitment to engineering excellence has given them a leg up on the competition when it comes to competency in board manufacturing.
The A7V is a fairly standard motherboard from ASUS that manages to attain a good balance between an attractive board for OEMs as well as an enthusiast-class solution.
VIA KT333 Motherboard Roundup – June 2002
Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. The other issue ausio had with the layout of the board was that the CPU fan connector is very far away from the CPU socket.
We’ve brought up the issue with ASUS but have not received an answer yet. Other than the issue with Kingston memory, the A7V exhibited aueio stability problems during our testing even with all three DIMM slots populated.
ASUS A7V333 Motherboard Review
Our biggest issue with this RAID controller is that it audoo not offer the ability to select different stripe sizes other than 64KB and thus limits performance tremendously 64KB stripe sizes are far from ideal for most desktop applications. You can either use an extension on the CPU fan connector or reorient the fan so that the cable is closest to the fan connector on the motherboard. Unfortunately here is also where we ran into the first problem with the A7V; the board will not work with Kingston’s DDR ValueRam at DDR speeds, though the same memory worked fine in all other motherboards.