KA7 Slot A review
Posted by Julio
Franco on July 19, 2000
Slot A motherboard
Abit might not be the biggest motherboard manufacturer out
there, however we can say they have built a very good
reputation in the pc enthusiastsí community in the last
couple of years. Back to the times when the first Celeron
CPUs were released you could see everywhere people getting
combos of Celerons and Abit motherboards because of their
overclocking features that had never been available before.
That hasnít changed with the time as they have been
offering very good motherboards for P3s and Celerons based
on Intel and VIA chipsets however they were still missing a
Slot-A motherboard, itís of common knowledge they didnít
want to take the risk with the AMD 750 chipset (the first
chipset that was available for the Athlon) since it used a 6
layer design which is more stable but more expensive to
The KA7 is the latest offering from Abit for Athlon CPU
owners. Built on the VIA KX133 chipset, the KA7 offers just
about everything we are used to see nowadays in new
motherboards, unlike the AMD 750 chipset, the KX133 supports
AGP 4x (which actually doesnít makes much of a difference
but is good to have it present anyway) and true PC133 memory
support, this might be the most important feature of the
chipset when comparing it to AMDís one.
You might want to know there is also available the KA7-100
that is pretty much the same board but adds 2 IDE Channels
supporting the new ATA-100 specification, as you could
imagine it comes with a larger price tag as well, but if you
are going use the extra features be sure to take it a look.
As you could expect from Abit, the KA7 comes with
SoftMenu III. This extra BIOS feature will let you tweak
your CPU voltage settings, memory bus speed, FSB speed in
1mhz increments and a lot of other things that will help
you getting a few extra MHz.
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