Motherboard: Abit KX7-333 :: Installation

05-15-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

The KX7-333R offers the user a jumper free setup environment that is very easy to install. For most users all you need to do is install your system parts and hit the start button. The ATX power connector is well placed and there are two three-pin headers that are used for most case and CPU cooling fans. The rear I/O panel is standard and does not require a special plate to fit into your existing case.

There are a couple of jumpers on the board that are used for such things as clearing the BIOS and locking the FSB speed. These are made with a very easy to grab tab that makes the job a bit easier and are a small but nice plus. Most companies use the less expensive type that almost always requires the use of pliers to get off. If something is amiss in your configuration the board has three LED indicators that inform you of the operational status.

Almost all of the advanced systems controls are located within the Award BIOS that can be entered by engaging the DEL key immediately upon the systems initial posting sequence. The KX7-333R features the SOFTMENU III interface that allows the user the ability to custom tailor their CPU environment and makes stable overclocking much easier to achieve. Usually just a little increase in the FSB and a slight boost to all the systems voltage setting for stability and you should be off and running.

I was able to overclock my 1667MHz Athlon 2000+ all the way to 1800MHz that was actually recognized by Windows XP as a 2200+. I was very happy with the results that I achieved using only air-cooling and I am sure better results could be achieved with liquid cooling or a Peltier device. The thing that is great about the SOFTMENU III technology is the straightforward simplicity that can be used successfully by even beginners in the adventures of overclocking. Let us see how well this motherboard did in the lab and where it stands in the rankings here at Motherboards.org.