The Best of VIA: KT266A Motherboard Roundup :: BIOSTAR M7VIB

02-13-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas
BIOSTAR M7VIB Spec Sheet
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Part NumberM7VIB
ManufacturerBIOSTAR
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetVIA Apollo KT266
North BridgeVIA VT8366
SocketSocket A (462)
Processor TypesAthlon, Duron
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus266/200MHz
Memory TypeDDR, SDRAM, VC SDRAM
Memory ChannelsSingle
Maximum Memory3GB
External GraphicsAGP4X
IGP None
South BridgeVIA VT8233
Audio2-channel
IDE100/66/33
SCSINone
SATANone
RAIDNone
LAN10/100
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 1.1
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x AGP
  • 1 x CNR
  • 6 x PCI
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
 


BIOSTAR M7VIB Scores
Features11|40
Ergonomics4|10
Stability and Compatibility25|25
Package & Support10|10
Performance1|15
Total51|100

Before installing a board first thing you do is check the manual. There was a quick reference sheet, it was not bad, but if you like to see the manual it is on the CD. If I want to see what kind of memory configuration, it is not on the quick reference card. Full version Norton Ghost 6.03 and Norton Antivirus 2001 software and e-mail support covered this, but there was no phone support. At least I couldn't find it.

Overclocking features are good but the board did not perform well even without overclocking. Other than 4 memory slots features couldn't compete with giants too.

Just one thing I wanted on those giants was on this motherboard. There is an update option in the BIOS. Insert the diskette with the new version of BIOS in it and you can directly update it without boot diskette. Just choose BIOS update menu and that is it. It is not as easy as Live Update inside Windows, but I liked this feature. I don't know why they waited so long when we were suffering since DOS times. This motherboard is a kitty cat sharing the Arena with the lions.