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New Mobo for an Athlon 1.4

By redfoxtx
Jun 30, 2002
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  1. As seems to be the fate of a great many of my components my motherboard seems to have croaked for no apparent reason. It's claiming that the processor is damaged, but having gone out and bought a new processor, I have to presume that somthing in the motherboard is damaged. In any case I'm now looking for a cheap replacement thats at about the same level, if not better than my previous mobo.

    I had a MSI K7T266 Pro (VIA KT266 Chipset) which i was only half happy with, so I was wondering what people thought was the best bang for your buck when talking about an Athlon 1.4Ghz mobo

    I think I'd prob like to stick with a VIA chipset as they tend to be faster, but as for manufacturor, i think someone other than MSI might be preferable.

    Any input you can be give would be great, thanx
     
  2. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    Abit KT7E or Asus A7V266E
     
  3. redfoxtx

    redfoxtx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    how about the Gigabyte GA-7VTXH+ ?
     
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Go for the ASUS A7V266-E or ABIT KR7a. KT333 isn't necessary right now, especially not with a TBird.
     
  5. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527

    I am in a similar position, I'm in the market for a similar mobo. When I was looking to see what i could get, I couldn't help but notice that the Abit KR7a - Raid is going really cheap £53 at the time of writing (Thanks Didou :grinthumb ). It did blow some of the other mobo's out of the water when it was released too. I've had to make a rushed decision, but all the signs are pointing towards the Abit KR7a.

    KT266a MoboReviews

    KT266a Vs Others
     
  6. redfoxtx

    redfoxtx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    given how well that ABIT did on Tom's Hardware and you claim to have found it for £53, could u tell me where that is??
     
  7. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527

    aria

    UK only i think.
     
  8. redfoxtx

    redfoxtx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    looks like the £53 one only has ATA-100, seeing as i've got a reasonably fast HDD, i'm going to go with the faster ATA-133 controller, still at £83, its quite a good price
     
  9. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

  10. redfoxtx

    redfoxtx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    actually before i go and throw my £30 away, does anyone know what the difference between the ABIT KR7A-133 and the ABIT KR7A is exactly, is its just the ATA133 support, or does it actually have a different IDE controller?

    u know what screw it, im gonna spend the extra £30 on fancy round IDE cables instead, the ABIT KR7A-RAID seems to do well on everyone's list, and my HDD can live at ATA100 speeds.
     
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    The exact difference is the the KR7a supports ATA133 on its HighPoint Chip. You can use it as a simple IDE controller or for RAID 0, 1, 0+1.

    The KR7a-133 supports the same thing with its HighPoint controller but it also has the new VIA southbridge which also supports ATA-133 whereas the southbridge on the KR7a only supports ATA100.

    There isn't any big difference between ATA100 & ATA133 even on a RAID 0 strip.

    Conclusion : the KR7a can have 4 IDE devices in ATA133 & 4 in ATA100 while the KR7a-133 can have all 8 IDE devices in ATA133.
     
     
  12. redfoxtx

    redfoxtx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    well seeing as i'm not expecting to have 8 ATA133 IDE devices any time soon, i'll save my money. Thanx for the info
     
  13. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    you can run a 1.4GHz on a Abit KT7 w/ the bios upgrade. I'm running a 1.2GHz on mine.
     
  14. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527

    I had the KT7, until i bought the KR7a-R, and it served me well. I had a 1.4 Athlon running in that (with the Bios upgrade) and had no problems at all, although it didn't like being clocked any higher. But now i've got DDR, mmmmm :D .
     
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