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ECS L7VTA KT400 motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 9th November, 2002
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Elitegroup has always been known to be the brand for the budget conscious consumer. However, over the years, ECS has built itself reputably with its strong and wide range of products not just for the average consumer, but sometimes catering to power users as well. Users like Elitegroup products for its simplicity and no-nonsense approach to giving them what they want out of the box.

This no-frills approach to delivering motherboards and other IT products to the consumers have made Elitegroup a strong leader in this budget market space. However, there has been a couple of other new brands coming out to challenge ECS in this budget market segment. Still, Elitegroup will probably hold its fort amidst all these challenges as they are not going to give it up without a good fight. All these will bring about changes such as pricing, product features and product support/reliability. In the end, consumers will only stand to gain.

The new ECS L7VTA is Elitegroup's latest KT400 motherboard for the AMD Socket-A platform. It is based on the latest VIA KT400 chipset that will support all the latest FSB333 Athlon XP processors and the chipset will take advantage of all the latest AGP8X graphics cards too. Although you might think the board is featureless (typical of most ECS boards), you would be dead wrong. ECS has begun integrating other features into their board and it's no longer just the plain five PCI slots you're getting. Let's look at the technical specifications of the board below before we go right into the details of the board.

ECS L7VTA Technical Specifications
Processor
  • Socket A for AMD Athlon / AMD Athlon XP / AMD Duron
  • AMD processors at 600MHz to 2.24GHz (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 (DDR333) 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 PDC20265R ATA-100 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 (4x in the rear, 2x using on-board header)
  • 1x IrDA TX/RX header for IR
  • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic) based on VT1612A audio codec
  • 1x RJ-45 Fast Ethernet port
  • 2x IEEE-1394 ports based on VIA VT6306 controller (1x in the rear, 1x through on-board header)
Expansion slots
  • 5x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
  • 1x AGP (2x/4x/8x mode) slot - AGP 3.0 compliant
  • 1x CNR slot
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 24.4cm x 4 layers
  • Fits into regular ATX case
BIOS
  • 2Mbit (256KB) Flash ROM
  • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, APM 1.2 and ACPI 1.0a support
  • Multi-boot on LS120, ZIP, LAN, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4

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