ABIT KV7 (KT600): Budget Performance in a Small Packageby Evan Lieb on September 7, 2003 10:42 PM EST
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As the computer hardware enthusiast world turns, so does ABIT, generally regarded as the leading enthusiast motherboard maker in the world based on their track record over the last two years. All motherboard makers produce an enthusiast motherboard that turns out to be a lemon. ASUS has done it, MSI has done it, Gigabyte has done it, and ABIT has done it. However, ABIT has been much more consistent with their offerings in the last 18 months or so, which is why we give them the nod over ASUS, generally regarded as the best motherboard maker for reliable desktop motherboards.
Anyway, today we take a close look at ABIT’s latest creation, the KV7. The KV7 is powered by VIA’s KT600 chipset. The KT600 chipset was updated to include official support for 400MHz FSB Athlon XP processors several months ago, and finally hit retail channels last July. If you took a look at the half a dozen or so KT600 motherboard reviews that we’ve published the last few weeks, you would have noticed that all the KT600 motherboards we’ve tested so far have reached in excess of 400MHz FSB, and most of the time, well beyond. This is normal for any Socket A motherboard; the difference is in how much further you can go beyond 400MHz FSB, and today, like any AnandTech motherboard review, we really stress test the KV7 to see exactly how much juice we can squeeze out of this board.