However, bus overclocking with AMD processors is often less successful due to the stringent timing requirements of the EV6 bus. Because of the price point of the KT7-RAID, and the fact that many users would like to run the more cost effective Duron processors on the board, we would’ve rather had ABIT leave out the fan if it did in fact drop the retail price of the motherboard since there isn’t really a need for it although it doesn’t hurt to have. The KT7 motherboard was exceptionally stable using multiplier overclocking. The bad about this is that it’s not bent over when the board is unpacked, it’s standing straight up. As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best motherboards Abit has ever manufactured. However, this was intentional on Abit’s part. Since their first entry into the Slot-A market was an instant hit, it isn’t unbelievable that its successor would at least equal it in shock value at least, we didn’t expect it to surpass it however.

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Post Your Comment Please raod in or sign up to comment. However, now that multiplier overclocking is possible with socket A processor’s from AMD, bus overclocking is not necessary.


The future abi Prescott. It needs to be reworked to make it easier to latch and unlatch the clamp without endangering components on the motherboard. Over the course of 4 days of testing, the system hung only once at MHz. There’s little documentation included that mentions anything about what that little blue nub is, or what to do with it so people building a system for the first time could experience some major problems early on.


Maybe it was the fact that a slot-based CPU interface leaves quite a bit of room seemingly unoccupied around it for heatsink clearancebut looking at the KT7-RAID’s layout you quickly notice that the design is much more “busy” than its predecessor.

You just can’t beat a company that takes the little things into consideration. I tested Direct 3-D performance using 3-D Ot7 ver.

ABIT KT7 RAID Motherboard

The results of overclocking attempts are shown below. However, this was intentional on Abit’s part. The Sims 2 review.

They both made a return to ABIT’s roots, what made them the name they are today. The KT7 motherboard was exceptionally stable using multiplier overclocking. As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best motherboards Abit has ever manufactured.

This is mainly due to the fact that Abit includes excellent raidd over parameters that help stabilize overclocked processors.

While we never noticed any instability that was caused by the lack of a fan on the chip, ABIT did much more than simply stick a fan on the heatsink to make the board look “cool. The KT7 has a fan and heat sink on the Northbridge of the VIA chipset, which should help keep things cool if you decide to overclock the front side bus. Not really faid big deal, but certainly something that could be better designed. This benchmark seemed to give the most realistic view of hard drive performance from among the various programs I tested.

And with all the mystery surrounding when the new DDR-capable AMD systems will actually be available, it’s nice to know that very fast, very affordable systems can be had right now.

Review: ABIT KT7 Raid – Mainboard –

In some benchmarks it’s performance was admirable, but in real-world disk to disk or directory to directory copy tests, the performance did not even equal that of lone ATA66 drives running on the standard onboard IDE controllers.


This ensures an accurate temperature reading ablt the sensor. Direct 3-D Performance with the two video cards at their overclocked settings was very similar.

The one thing that needs improving on all socket-A motherboards is the mechanism for clamping the heat sink on the processor.

Intel can’t touch the overclockability of inexpensive, widely available AMD taid. Let’s hit some specs before I get much further here If you want to know more about T-Bird and Duron overclocking, and how to do it, click Here.

We have discussed before that with KT chipset neither the heat sink nor the fan is necessary for the North Bridge, even though the chip gets relatively hot during heavy usage. Realistically, manufacturers will also have to make sure that their board design can work at the increased FSB. Installing the KT7 was fairly straightforward. Take the Poll Technica. Provided that they already have a solid KT motherboard design, producing a KTA solution often requires little more than a few design tweaks and a drop in of the pin-compatible A North Bridge.

By boosting the core voltage by 0. Quite a few KTA motherboards have arrived at the AnandTech Labs, and as usual, we will walk you through all of them and let you know which one is the best. The KT7 is no exception, with critical components located dangerously close to the catches for the clamp see picture below.