The Best of VIA: KT266A Motherboard Roundup :: ABIT KR7A-RAID

02-13-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas
Abit KR7A-RAID Spec Sheet
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Part NumberKR7A-RAID
ManufacturerAbit
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetVIA Apollo KT266A VT8233
North BridgeVIA VT8366A
SocketSocket A (462)
Processor TypesAthlon, Athlon XP, Duron
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus266/200MHz
Memory TypeDDR
Memory ChannelsSingle
Maximum Memory3.5GB
External GraphicsAGP4X
IGP None
South BridgeVIA VT8233
Audio2-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATANone
RAID0, 1, 0+1
LANNone
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 1.1
Expansion Slots
BIOS
Form FactorATX
 


ABIT KR7A-RAID Scores
Features27|40
Ergonomics5|10
Stability and Compatibility25|25
Package & Support8|10
Performance12|15
Total77|100

This brand has been my favorite board for AMD CPU's for years. MSI just gets the crown by adding more features like USB 2.0 and sound. But this board is the best choice for overclockers. You can push the limits with this board. Actually performance was very good even when not overclocking. They didn't play with real frequency clock this time. It was by the book. You can change the voltage for memory. It has active cooling on chipset.

You can find most of the functions in our top 40-feature list on this board. Universal AGP, 6 PCI Slots, 4 Memory slots and the best of all Highpoint HPT372 UDMA 133 RAID controller are among those features.

It has shutdown on heat alarm function. Most of the times an AMD CPU will burn in seconds, but it is better than nothing. Manual, e-mail support, WinDVD Player and Norton Antivirus 2002 software (90 days trial so that didn't count), and frequent BIOS updates are included. The Packaging/Support got 8/10. Only one problem, don't phone them, I waited 35 minutes and 36 seconds on hold for phone support. If you have time and like to listen to radio enjoy it! And there is no keyboard power on this board, which I love to have.

Other than that, if you are not looking for an early USB 2.0 function and/or you are willing to buy a sound card, this board is exactly for you.