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Abit KR7A-RAID KT266A Motherboard Review

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Introduction

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

Abit motherboards have a long history with the PC enthusiasts. The first to truly introduce the world to overclocking processors, Abit introduced many features that we see today as almost being standard. This includes the Soft-Bios options, RAID and others. While their volume of sales worldwide is not quite as impressive in comparison to others such as Asus and ECS, when you factor in their lack of OEM sales, the sales numbers are very good indeed.


For the past couple of motherboard chipsets for the AMD processors a trend has begun that no one can quite explain. Abit is introducing new motherboards later and later after the chipsets introduction than many of the other motherboard makers like Epox and MSI. This is becoming a problem as far as board sales go. While many enthusiasts would like to have Abit solutions in their systems, the fact that Abit boards aren’t around when the hype of a chipset hits means the buyers will have to look elsewhere.


The Abit KT7A board was one of the latest KT266A boards to hit the market (hence the late review of the board here). If you remember correctly, back in my Abit KG7-RAID review, I claimed it to be too little too late on the last AMD-760 chipset motherboard review here. Because of this, the board did not fair as well as we are used to seeing Abit boards do against the competition. I don’t think their situation is quite as bad with the KR7A motherboard, but with the pending SiS 745 and VIA KT333 chipsets you can never be too careful.






Motherboard Specifications


CPU Socket

Socket A (200/266 MHz Support)


Chipset

VIA KT266A


Form Factor

ATX


Multiplier Options

5x - 13x


Bus Speed Options

100 - 200 MHz


Voltages

1.25v - 1.85v


Memory Support

4 x 184-pin DDR DRAM PC1600/PC2100/PC2700 Support


Expansion Slots

6/0/1/0 (PCI/ISA/AGP/CNR)


AGP Support

4x AGP


USB Support

2x Standard USB ports

4x Add-on USB ports


Integrated Components

none


Bios

Phoenix BIOS


Onboard IDE

2 x ATA100 EIDE

2 x ATA133 IDE RAID


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