Abit KX7-333/KX7-333R DDR Athlon
Last updated: 10/3/2002
This review of the Abit KX7-333 and KX7-333R motherboards are the first
Abit motherboards we have formally reviewed since the BH6 Pentium
motherboard five years ago. The technology has changed significantly
since then. A large part of the change has been the advent and evolution
of the AMD Athlon processor and supporting motherboards.
The first Athlon board
we used was the Micro Star MSI-6167. It
was reviewed almost three years ago with a 650 MHz Slot A Athlon. The Abit
KT7-RAID followed, and was the first Socket A and ATA/100 motherboards
we used and the last one to use single data rate SDRAM memory. The
Athlon was running at 1.1 GHz. The EpoX
EP-8KHA+ with a 1.4 GHz Athlon introduced us to Double Data Rate (DDR)
memory and the end of ISA expansion board slots. Today, the KX7-333
brings an incremental increase in the technology with the VIA KT333 chipset
and DDR2700 (333 MHz) memory. For this review we again stepped-up
the CPU horsepower to a 1.6 GHz AMD Athlon XP 1900+ processor. Part
of the review will compare benchmarks for this motherboard, memory, and
CPU combination with all of the abovementioned Athlon motherboards and
try to describe and put into perspective what one can expect by upgrading
to this motherboard.
Like all of our motherboard reviews, this one is written
mainly from the perspective of the small business users that we serve. This
perspective may also provide useful information for other potential users
of this motherboard that is not available elsewhere. For the sake of
brevity we will refer to both motherboards as the KX7-333 and point-out any
differences as we proceed.
This review also includes benchmarks of the Western Digital
WD800 Special Edition ATA/100 hard disk drive with 8 MBytes of disk cache'
in normal and RAID configurations. The box the drive comes in says, "LIGHTNING
FAST." Is it?
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