Overview. The NF7 series models, based on nForce2 chipset, supports the latest AMD Athlon XP processors with /// FSB, and features new dual. Oddly enough, the ABIT NF7-S had an AT12V connector located on its PCB. We’ ve seen maybe two Athlon XP motherboards with an ATX12V. Abit NF7-S Motherboard Abit’s Version of the NVIDIA nForce2 Chipset By, Tom Laverriere January 7, When NVIDIA announced the.

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Socket A motherboards supported a broad number of chipset designs that included the VIA KT and Nvidia nForce Ultra series, both popular choices with motherboard manufacturers. Instead of being on the left-hand side of the motherboard, we would have preferred to have seen it located on the right-hand, upper portion of the motherboard.

The company has two boards in the top ten and 4. It supported a range of K7 architecture AMD processors and core designs that spanned the period from to Mothebroard indicates they care about the level of quality of their product and considering the recent failure rates surrounding some low ESR capacitors, this is an sbit area for the longevity of the board.

Nvidia’s competition has been scrambling to catch up, and even newer chipsets like VIA’s KTA don’t appear to have enough muster when it comes to the benchmarks or feature lists. While most motherboards using the nForce2 chipset only have passive cooling on the Northbridge, Abit have equipped the NF7-M with a small active heatsink.

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Soft Menu III, don’t ya love it? With five bit PCI slots you won’t have any problems adding in future expansion cards if desired either.

Finally we come to the classic SuperPi 32M benchmark, an important benchmark in terms of historical relevance. We could run any test and the NF7-S passed all of them even running Prime 95 overnight. Ships with the following: The nForce Ultra was most popular with overclockers due to its ability reach higher clock speeds with independent CPU, memory and AGP overclocking. We have not tested any other boards kotherboard the AMD platform that were able to do this until now.


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In only half a year, nVIDIA have dethroned the previous champion chipsets from VIA and have created quite a reputation for themselves in the stable high performance chipset arena. Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers.

The DIMM connectors are basically impossible to unhinge unless you go through the hassle of unscrewing and then physically uninstalling your video card just to throw in a stick of memory. An extra fan header is also located just above the AGP slot, a good thing if you intend to add extra cooling to a temperamental videocard.

Log in Don’t motherboardd an account? There are two USB 2. One feature we motheboard ABIT shouldn’t have missed was the four mounting holes around the CPU socket that are so vital to all those Swiftech and Alpha users and cooling fanatics in general. Knowing how well those other two iterations of the NF7 platform have performed, I’m sure you’ll agree we have some high expectations about what this board will be able to do, so let’s morherboard started!

CPU Frequency Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers. At FSB, we had no problems at all. High-End Workstation Performance continued I always like seeing a manufacturer use components which have a good reputation for quality on their products.

The motherboard is very well labelled, if you do not happen to know what a header does just look closely on the PCB and you’ll find a description. Our AMD series of articles kicks off with the classic Socket Aa CPU socket and platform which many us will recall with fondness, not least because it also involved some memorably overclockable processors. This is what ExtremeOvercloking. This is good news for the overclockers out there because this means the NF7-M has the potential to overclock high – or at least that is what the word on the street seems to indicate – but you never with a hundred percent certainty.

Nt7 I was extremely happy to see was that the NF7-M was only using Rubycon capacitors, nothing else. This is definitely the best overclocking nForce 2 motherboard.


Admin and owner of Hexus. Privacy policy and Terms of Use. For those that are picky about memory and frequently like to install different types of modules, the DIMM connector’s position will be an annoyance.

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. If one were to buy a mothervoard to high end motherboard or AMD “whitebox” system these days, they would be well advised to only seriously consider options which have ‘nVIDIA nForce2 inside.

The VIA KT and KT may well have been the most popular in terms of units shipped globally, but it lacked the necessary performance features that overclockers craved. It was manufactured using a nm 0. Doing straight out of the box is an amazing feat in itself.

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About Us Employment Privacy Policy. He managed a reference clock of mothsrboard The Primary and Secondary IDE connectors are annoyingly positioned below where our video card is installed. ASUS has three boards in the top ten mltherboard 5. The AMD Athlon XP series arrived in and was an immediate hit with enthusiasts, offering superior performance than Intel equivalents, coupled with reasonably competitive prices.

Check out the submission from I. However, the official word from ABIT is that the NF7-S will indeed ship with four mounting holes even though our sample didn’t have this feature. The general layout of the NF7-M is good, I would have preferred to have abir main ATX and auxiliary power connectors elsewhere, but I understand motherboqrd being close to the MOSFETs provides the cleanest voltage signals to the motherboard powersupply circuit.

There’s a good chance the IDE cables will get tangled up with the video card as well, especially since the IDE connectors are placed horizontally instead of vertically on the motherboard. Barton core processors tempted enthusiasts with the promise of better performance gains thanks to a larger MB L2 cache and the prospect of a higher MHz FSB. Too many motherboard makers like to place the DIMM connectors right next to the video card.