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Gigabyte GA-7VRXP motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 29th March, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  
Price : SGD249


Conclusion

The Gigabyte GA-7VRXP is probably one of the most feature packed motherboard we've seen to date. Featuring the latest ATA133 IDE controller and the USB 2.0 interface, there's much to gain with the new KT333 chipset. Users will stand to reap as much as 4% to 5% in performance by switching to the KT333 chipset using the latest DDR333 memory technology. Whether you are using the system for serious work or just for pure gaming, the GA-7VRXP has all the features you'll need to get your work done.

The only gripe we had with the GA-7VRXP was the missing jumper for clearing the CMOS data. Users who frequently tweak with memory settings for performance or overclock the processor may encounter problems with system lock-ups that could prevent them from entering the BIOS. There were no mention of any special key that could reset the BIOS settings upon boot-up, and we couldn't find any way to reset without clearing the CMOS. Trying all various combinations of keys known to us proved futile too. It was pretty frustrating.

Overclockers would also find the GA-7VRXP less friendly with the inability to set AGP and DDR voltages. CPU core voltage adjustment was also less direct as settings were in percentages relative to the default voltage. We would have preferred fixed values here. In addition, those hoping to hit 166MHz FSB with the new KT333 chipset on the GA-7VRXP will be disappointed as we were unable to get it to boot at that FSB setting.

However, if you're only into light overclocking with the sole purpose of using the board as it is, then the GA-7VRXP is the board for you. Packed with four on-board PCI devices (e.g. RAID, USB 2.0, LAN and Audio), the GA-7VRXP is good value for money. Plus, there are another five PCI slots available on the board for future expansion. When we tested the board by populating all the PCI slots with various devices while enabling all the on-board peripherals, we did not encounter any IRQ conflicts.

Considering the fact that all the latest gadgets are built into the board, you can be sure that it will last you quite a while before it runs out of fashion. Priced competitively, the GA-7VRXP is indeed one of the better boards that money can buy.

The price of the GA-7VRXP is S$249 which we think makes it a really affordable KT333 board. If you want a less feature packed version (GA-7VRX) without the Creative audio chip, Promise RAID, Realtek 10/100Mbps LAN and the Winbond Smart I/O, it will cost you only S$205. They are certainly the cheaper boards based on the VIA KT333 chipset you can find today. An attractive price for a premium brand.

The two dudes who gave us the GA-7VRXP. Here's Duck and Allen.


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Ratings Legend
5.0 Stars Perfect 4.5 Stars Excellent
4.0 Stars Very Good 3.5 Stars Good
3.0 Stars Above Average 2.5 Stars Average / Fair
2.0 Stars Below Average 1.5 Stars Bad
1.0 Star Very Bad 0.5 Star Not Retail Worthy


Testbed Configuration
Processor AMD Athlon XP 1900+
Mainboard GA-7VRXP
Memory 2 x 128MB Kingston DDR333
Graphics Card Creative GeForce DDR 32MB
Harddisk IBM DTLA-307020 7200RPM
Operating System Windows 2000 Professional

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