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Gigabyte GA-7VAXP KT400 motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 26th October, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

After looking at two KT400 boards from the first-tier manufacturers, it wouldn't do justice if we had left Gigabyte out of the picture. Gigabyte has always been one of the more popular brand among users, whether power users or just the general consumer. Gigabyte boards are almost always laden with some of the best features and it's no surprise that their next flagship DDR400 board for the Socket-A platform would come with the same on-board devices.

Manufactured in a blue PCB, it's hard not to admire the beauty of the board with its golden heatsink and colour-coded connectors. Ease of setup and idiot-proofing seems to be the top priority for Gigabyte and their formula is proven as it has been well received by users. Even little details like rounded PCB corners were made an important design consideration as Gigabyte's engineers believe in giving users the total product satisfaction - from the minute the user open the package until it's fully operational.

For those who do not know yet, the VIA KT400 chipset is VIA's latest offering for the Socket-A platform. Supporting AMD's Duron and Athlon XP processors, the chipset also has the ability to power up the latest AMD Athlon XP processors at 333MHz FSB. In addition, gamers with the latest RADEON 9700 PRO and GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x would be able to take advantage of the larger AGP 8x bandwidth.

The technical specifications of the board are shown in the table below:-

Gigabyte GA-7VAXP Technical Specifications
Processor
  • Socket A for AMD Athlon / AMD Athlon XP / AMD Duron
  • AMD processors at 600MHz to 1.8GHz (Athlon XP 2800+) or higher
  • Support for 200 / 266 / 333MHz FSB
Chipset
  • VIA Apollo KT400 North Bridge
    • Supports DDR333 memory technology up to 3GB
    • 200 / 266 / 333MHz front side bus
    • AGP 2x / 4x / 8x
  • VIA VT8235 South Bridge
    • High bandwidth V-Link client controller
    • 2-channel Ultra ATA 133/100/66/33 Bus Mastering IDE controller
    • Supports up to six USB 2.0 ports
    • Supports AC-97 audio and MC-97 modem codec
    • PCI 2.2 interface
Cache memory
  • CPU Built-in 256KB (Athlon/Athlon XP) or 64KB (Duron) L2 cache
System memory
  • 3 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • Supports DDR 200/266/333/400 DIMM Module
  • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
  • Supports a maximum of 3GB of unbuffered memory
PCI IDE
  • 2 x bus master UDMA-33/66/100/133 IDE ports (up to 4 devices)
  • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, UDMA-66, UDMA-100 and UDMA-133 IDE
  • Built-in Promise PDC20276 ATA-133 IDE RAID controller supporting another four hard disk drives for RAID 0 or 1 configuration
I/O Interface
  • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
  • 2x serial ports
  • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • 1x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1x PS/2 Mouse
  • 6x USB 2.0 ports (2x in the rear, 4x using on-board header and supplied bracket)
  • 1x IrDA TX/RX header for IR
  • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic) based on 6-channel ALC650 audio codec
  • 1x RJ-45 Fast Ethernet port
  • 3x 1394 ports based on VIA VT6306 controller
  • 1x MS, SD, SC header (based on Winbond Smart-IO chip)
Expansion slots
  • 5x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
  • 1x AGP (2x/4x/8x mode) slot - AGP 3.0 compliant
Power Management
  • Supports ACPI 1.0a and APM 1.2
  • Power-on by switch, mouse, keyboard, modem, LAN and alarm
  • Power-off by Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/NT shut down and switch
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 23.4cm
  • Fits into regular ATX case
BIOS
  • 2Mbit (256KB) Flash ROM
  • AMI Flash BIOS with PnP, Green, DMI, APM 1.2 and ACPI 1.0a support
  • Multi-boot on USB, LS120, ZIP, LAN, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4

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