Quick summation shows that we have support for FSB processors, twinbank technology capable of delivering up to 6. In the Socket A era, we find the enthusiast segment to be quite different with Abit proving to be the motherboard manufacturer of choice with overclockers on HWBOT. Click to find out more. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. If you feel in need of a refresher, head over here for Ryszard’s take on it. This is what ExtremeOvercloking.

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The company has two boards in the top ten and 4. This is what ExtremeOvercloking. Quick summation shows that we have support for FSB processors, twinbank nvidiw capable of delivering up to 6. We have not tested any other boards for the AMD platform that were able to do this until now.

ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review –

It indicates they care about the level of quality of their product and considering the recent failure rates surrounding some low ESR capacitors, this is an important area for the longevity of the board. Finally we come to the classic SuperPi 32M benchmark, an important ngidia in terms of historical relevance.

ABIT has been trying to separate themselves from other motherboard manufacturers nvidiw much as possible lately. This seems nice, but remember that there will be some performance loss because of the Parallel to Serial conversion; on paper the performance loss shouldn’t be too great but we’ll be investigating that in the coming weeks.

Motherboard Memory Lane: AMD Socket A, Abit NF7-S V2.0 and AMD Athlon 2500+

Whilst it matched the incumbent VIA solution on a performance basis, and beat it in the technological and feature stakes, it’s relatively high price ensured that VIA could just hold on to their Socket A mantle as 1 chipset maker. Privacy policy and Terms of Use. Barton core processors tempted abt with the promise of better performance gains thanks to nd7 larger MB L2 cache and the prospect of a higher MHz FSB. Nothing exciting to note here, as this is pretty standard among nForce2 motherboards.


ASUS has three boards in the top ten and 5. Nnf7 themselves had a go with their AMDbased motherboard, but that was more to do with getting the Athlon off and running. At FSB, we had no problems at all. We had a look at the revised nForce2 chipset a couple of months ago.

Taking advantage of almost everything that the nForce2 has to offer, and adding xbit legendary Softmenu III BIOS and general stability, it should be a sterling performer. Something I was extremely happy to see was that the NF7-M was only using Rubycon capacitors, nothing else.

Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. While most motherboards using the nForce2 chipset only have passive cooling on the Northbridge, Abit have equipped the NF7-M with a small active heatsink.

If you decide to upgrade out of vanity, or necessity, to a larger active Northbridge heatsink you’ll appreciate the fact that ABit have placed the fan header just a few millimeters up on the board. High-End Workstation Performance continued The general layout of the NF7-M is good, I would have preferred to have the main ATX and auxiliary power connectors elsewhere, but I understand that being close to the MOSFETs provides the cleanest voltage signals to the motherboard powersupply circuit.


If you feel in need of a refresher, head over here for Ryszard’s take on it. Soft Menu III, don’t ya love it? Log in Don’t have an account? Our AMD series of articles kicks off with the classic Socket Aa CPU socket and platform which many us will recall with fondness, not least because it also involved some memorably overclockable processors. I always like seeing a manufacturer use components which have a good reputation for quality on their products. Their signature twinbank memory controllers are back, seemingly feed on silicon steroids in the interim months.

The nForce Ultra was most popular with overclockers due to its ability reach higher clock speeds with independent CPU, memory and AGP overclocking.

Beginners Guides Cases and Access. The VIA KT and KT may agit have been the most popular in terms of units shipped globally, but it lacked the necessary performance features that overclockers craved.

Check out the submission from I. Today we continue our Mother Memory Lane series, shifting our focus back to the beginning of the last decade, to a time when AMD had the upper hand against Intel in terms of raw performance.

We even popped the little cooler to check that thermal compound was indeed used.