Motherboard: Abit AN7 uGuru Review :: Introduction

12-31-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ABIT has been very popular recently with their 875P based IC7 Max3 and nForce 2 based NF7-S being two of the most popular motherboards based upon their respective chipsets available. Many enthusiasts use these boards for their stability, performance, overclockability, and their general popularity has been interesting to see on our forums.

So in retrospect, this may very well be the last Athlon XP based nForce2 motherboard I review. It's been a wild and crazy ride, with numerous Soltek boards appearing with only slight differences between them (SATA RAID, Integrated Graphics, LAN), the Asus A7N8x Deluxe which I still favor in my main system, the Epox 8RDA+ and 8RDA3+) and finally the ABIT AN7 uGURU.

Athlon XP CPUs are still the most widely available AMD CPUs. With their recent launch of the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX platforms, a lot of the attention AMD has received has been on their 64-bit CPUs, and rightly so. There are currently 2 available A64s available, the 3000+ , and the 3200+ Athlon 64s. But most people don't have the need or the inkling to upgrade to a new CPU that doesn't have many apps for it yet.

That's where the Athlon XP CPUs come in. Truthfully, the high end Athlon XPs are a bit overpriced at the moment. The Athlon 3200+ XP is currently selling on www.pricewatch.com for $298 for the 333 MHz version. The Athlon 3200+ 64 on the other hand is selling for $237 for the fastest single channel version (of course the Athlon 3200 64 FX is selling for $722 but that's the dual channel version.) The disparity of the prices of the Athlon 64 and XP CPUs is only going to get worse as AMD moves their entire product line-up to the 64.

The AN7 UGURU is ABIT's latest board. Based upon an improved NF7-S board, the AN7 UGURU should be interesting to review. The board is based upon the Nvidia nForce2 400 Ultra chipset, which is the last Nvidia Athlon XP motherboard chipset released earlier this year and replaced the nForce2s on the store shelves.