Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-7VRXP Review :: Conclusion

04-03-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas

This board has the most complete feature set ever; total 8 USB ports, UDMA 133 RAID and Southbridge.5.1 Digital Sound. 100 MBit integrated LAN connection. Only a few, like keyboard power on was missing. But it didn't prevent the board to surpass our 40 point limit. Just one major flaw, there was not a single type of CPU Anti-burn protection. This is really negative. Most of the announced top KT333 boards will have those options.

We didn't hit into any lock-ups or problems during our memory subsystem torture and extensive compatibility tests. Although there were not many adjustment steps, AGP Voltage and memory voltage settings made it easier and painless for us to overclock without sacrificing stability.

Performance was not the best but it was not slow either. We used exactly the same installation that we used in round up and saw %2 - %3 performance increase on its KT266A brother Gigabyte GA-7VTXH+.

I was able to talk to technical support in 17 minutes but I didn't get any answer to my e-mail. Internet site is frequently updated and good as usual. The package was the most complete to date with valuable software and accessories.

This board has nearly every feature we like to see on a motherboard. It is solid and stable. Performance is balanced with stability. But there was no CPU Anti-burn protection feature. No CPU thermal diode reading , no shutdown on heat alarm and fan stop. That's why I thought twice before giving this board the editor's choice. But it deserved it by getting 90 out of perfect score 100. I'm really curious about which board will reach a perfect score first.