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. CPU Frequency Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers. AMD themselves had a go with their AMDbased motherboard, but that was more to do with getting the Athlon off and running. Barton core processors tempted enthusiasts with the promise of better performance gains thanks to a larger MB L2 cache and the prospect of a higher MHz FSB. The AMD Athlon XP series arrived in and was an immediate hit with enthusiasts, offering superior performance than Intel equivalents, coupled with reasonably competitive prices. Their signature twinbank memory controllers are back, seemingly feed on silicon steroids in the interim months.
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Barton core processors tempted enthusiasts with the promise of better performance gains thanks to a larger MB L2 cache and the prospect of a higher MHz FSB. AMD themselves had a go with their AMDbased motherboard, but that was abt to do with getting the Athlon off and running.
Knowing how well those other two iterations of the NF7 platform have performed, I’m sure you’ll agree we have some high expectations about what this board will be able to do, so let’s get abjt
Onboard Serial ATA, in our opinion, is a nice perk, but nothing more. ASUS has three boards in the nvixia ten and 5. It was manufactured using a nm 0.
ABIT NF7-M (NVIDIA nForce2) Mainboard
The general layout sbit 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.
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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. We could run any test and the NF7-S passed all of them even running Prime 95 overnight. This is good news for the overclockers out there because this means the NF7-M has the potential to overclock high – or at least that is what the word on the street seems to nc7 – but you never with a hundred percent certainty.
Let’s find out just what it can do against VIA’s finest. It looks formidable on paper. Quick summation shows that we have support for FSB processors, twinbank technology capable of delivering up to 6.
Soft Menu III, don’t ya love it? Nvidia’s wbit has been scrambling to catch up, and even newer chipsets like VIA’s KTA don’t appear to have enough muster when it comes to the benchmarks or feature lists. Here you’ll be able to add a maximum of four USB 2.
At FSB, we had no problems at all. Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers.
Something I was nr7 happy to see was that the NF7-M was only using Rubycon capacitors, nothing else. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.
NVIDIA, the behemoth graphics card firm, last year ventured into the Socket A environment with a technological tour-de-force in their original nForce motherboard. 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 Nvida could just hold on to their Socket A mantle as 1 chipset maker.
Therefore, the NF7-S supports no more than four IDE drives total, which really shouldn’t be an issue with the vast majority of users and yes, even power users. CPU Frequency Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain jvidia important performance metric for most overclockers.
ABIT NF7 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 SPP
Return next week when we will focus on the AMD Socket platform and the motherboards, chips and scores that defined that particular era. Please log in or register to comment. Socket A motherboards supported a nd7 number of chipset designs that included the VIA KT and Nvidia nForce Ultra series, both popular choices with motherboard manufacturers.