|BIOSTAR M7VIB Spec Sheet
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|Chipset||VIA Apollo KT266|
|North Bridge||VIA VT8366|
|Socket||Socket A (462)|
|Processor Types||Athlon, Duron|
|Number of CPUs||1|
|Front Side Bus||266/200MHz|
|Memory Type||DDR, SDRAM, VC SDRAM|
|South Bridge||VIA VT8233|
|BIOSTAR M7VIB Scores|
|Stability and Compatibility||25|25|
|Package & Support||10|10|
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.