Motherboard: Asus A7V333 Review :: Installation

05-23-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

When just sitting back and looking at the board you can see that the layout was well done and will not be user resistant as far as the cabling and wiring goes. The manual is well written also, which should help beginners get up and going.

Being basically a jumper-free motherboard makes for a very easy setup procedure for the individual participating in the said event as jumpers can be confusing to the beginner and only offer room for error if set incorrectly.

You can turn the motherboard into a jumper-based board by moving one of the jumpers into the closed position. Then it can become a bit confusing, as there are too many jumpers on the board to be set when configuring your system in this manner.

This board has about twenty-eight jumpers in total. That is overkill and a real pain to mess with especially to someone unfamiliar with using them and worse they are located randomly all over the board making it even more difficult to configure.

Jumper Jungle

 

The BIOS also offers the user the option for booting from your keyboard or mouse and also offers the user options such as WOL or WOR to bring the computer out of a sleep state or allow you to access it through the network.

When you install your video card into the AGP port blocks the memory slots making it so you will have to remove your video card to change out your RAM. This is a common fault found on 98% of the motherboards ever made so most of us are used to this by now and do not crow too much about it anymore.

Overclocking

I had fair results overclocking with this board. The real pain in the ass thing about this board is it does not show the user the overclocked frequency in the post window and only shows the overclocked state in Windows or other software monitoring programs.

I was also very disappointed that the board did not offer settings options for increasing the memory or AGP voltage. This can be a limiting factor when it comes to high FSB overclocking as increasing the voltage makes for a more stable environment.

I was only able to increase the FSB to 143MHz a fact I thought was a bit disturbing as all their other boards were stable at much higher frequencies. This is moderate overclocking and by no means the best available on the market.

In order to achieve stable results I also had to increase the CPU voltage from 1.75v to 1.85v and I think with more voltage options I could have achieved better results. Always remember every system will be different from person to person and it is quite possible that your results may be better or worse than mine depending on your board’s personality, your memory, and especially your CPU and cooling solution, as heat is the enemy.