Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-7VRXP Review :: Installation

04-03-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas

Installation was really easy. You even don't have to look to the manual. The Quick Installation Guide was enough information to get the job done. If you apply the settings sticker they give into your case, you will have no problems later when you want to change things around.

You can set the frequency and voltage setting on one BIOS page. You can adjust the frequency up to 200 MHz per clock. It allows you to set memory and AGP voltage for overclocking too. Options were limited comparing to similar class boards but it was enough. You may increase the Vcore voltage by %5, %7.5 and %10 options. Memory Voltage options were 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8. You can increase the AGP Voltage up to 1.8.

There are dip-switches for frequency settings, but you can leave them alone if you are not an OEM customer. Dip-switches are good for those who do not want anybody inexperienced, to overclock their system.

IDE and Floppy connector locations and other connector locations on the motherboard were designed properly to maintain airflow inside the case and make maintenance easier. Just the power supply connector location is not quite right. The AGP Card, when installed, was to close to memory slots, but it did not prevent memory installation. The AGP Card locking mechanism was the best I have seen. You don't have to pull the locking peg to install the card, but the card cannot slide off until you pull the peg.

This was the first time I've ever seen a rounded corners on a motherboard. I don't know the purpose. May it is rounded for preventing to crack motherboard, if you hit it somewhere inside the case, when you are installing. May be to prevent to cut your hands, or just for the look.

They didn't forget the protective film around the CPU socket. When you try to install the heatsink and fan its possible to damage the board. The metal clip sometimes hits the board hard no matter how careful you are. It is enough to apply the film just covering two sides of the socket where the heatsink clips are likely to touch the board during installation.