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Asus A7V KT133 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus


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As most of you may already know, the A7V is Asus' third K7 incarnation in an already legendary series of AMD-based motherboard solutions. As we speak, the A7V should be available through the various channels nation-wide. The A7V is interesting in that this is the first time that Asus has fully acknowledged and promoted their AMD product. Reasons for such bold moves are due to CPU's increasingly becoming a commodity and Intel's loss of the CPU monopoly has created a tremendous opportunity for Asus and AMD to gain market share from both manufactures and end-users. From the specifications and the driver files on their website to the bright yellow box, is indicative that Asus is proud of their product.


    Socket A for AMD ThunderbirdTM / DuronTM 550MHz ~ 1GHz+ CPU
VIA® VT8363 (KT133) AGPset
supports 200MHz FSB and 3.3V PC133 SDRAM & VC133 VCM (Virtual Channel Memory)
VIA® 82C686A South Bridge & Super
to Support ACPI, SMBus, and Integrated AC ' 97 Compliant Audio Controller
System Memory
    3x 168-Pin DIMM Socket to Support Max. 1.5GB PC133 SDRAM & VC133 VCM
(Virtual Channel Memory)
Expansion Slots
    > 1 x AGP Pro / AGP 4X Slot
    > 4 x PCI
    > 1 x PCI/AMR Shared
IDE Ports
    > 2 x Ultra DMA/100 & 2 x DMA/66 EIDE Ports
    > Support CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW, ZIP and LS-120 Drives
AC ' 97 Audio Ready
    > AC ' 97 Compliant 3D Audio Controller
Crystal® 4299 CrystalClearTM SoundFusion® Audio Codec
Special Features
    > Power Loss Recovery, ASUS® JumperFreeTM,
CPU Throttle, STR (Suspend-to-RAM), SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
Back Panel I/O Ports
    > 2 x USB Ports
    > 1 x Parallel Port (EPP, ECP) and 2 x Serial Ports
    > 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
    > 1 x GAME/MIDI and Audio Line-In/Line-Out/MIC-In Ports
Onboard I/O Interface
    > 3-Headers to Support Optional 5 USB Ports
    > 20-pin ASUS® Panel
    > SIR (Integrated Serial Infrared)
    > Headphone
    > MIC
    > CD/Video/AUX/Modem Audio in
    > CPU/Power Supply/Chassis Fan
    > ATX Power
    > IDE LED
    > 2Mbit Award® BIOS with Full ACPI, DMI, Green, Boot Block,
PnP, SM BIOS 2.3, Trend® ChipAway Virus (TCAV) & Symbios® SCSI BIOS
Industrial Standard
    > PCI v2.2 and USB v1.1
    > WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL, WOR, Chassis Intrusion, SM Bus
Package Contents
    > User's Manual
    > UltraDMA/100 Cable x 1
    > IDE Cable x 1
    > Floppy Cable x 1
    > 3-Ports USB Bracket x 1
    > ATX Form Factor: 24.5cm x 30.5cm (9.6" x 12.0")

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