The Best of VIA: KT266A Motherboard Roundup :: GIGABYTE GA-7VTXH+

02-13-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas
Gigabyte GA-7VTXH+ Spec Sheet
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Part NumberGA-7VTXH+
ManufacturerGigabyte
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
Chipset
North Bridge
Socket
Processor Types
Number of CPUs
Front Side Bus
Memory Type
Memory Channels
Maximum Memory
External Graphics
IGP
South Bridge
Audio
IDE
SCSI
SATA
RAID
LAN
Firewire
USB
Expansion Slots
BIOS
Form Factor
 


GIGABYTE GA-7VTXH+ Scores
Features24|40
Ergonomics8|10
Stability and Compatibility25|25
Package & Support10|10
Performance3|15
Total70|100

Most of the standard features, Creative CT5880 with 5.1 digital output and the second board in this test to have the VIA VT8233A Southbridge and UDMA 133. I think LAN on-board is a good idea for all of the top motherboards in the market. If you are a business customer you have to connect to the network. If you are an enthusiast, you have to connect to the Internet by cable modem, or to your home network. Either way networking connectivity is a must, unless you invested in wireless connectivity.

If you don't count PS connector location, installation and ergonomics was the best. Locking AGP card into socket design was the easiest I have ever seen. Universal AGP was good if you have an older AGP Card.

Other than that features was rich and package was really fulfilling. Norton Personal Firewall and Antivirus 2002 software, detailed manual, frequent BIOS updates. Their e-mail support was misleading. I'm keeping those mails in my archive. If they call me I'll be happy to show them.

Overclocking features and performance scores were not impressive. Lack of RAID and USB 2.0 and performance issues hold this very blue card from the top.