The advantages of an overclocked PC are apparent here as the speed of is only a whisker slower that an Athlon 1Ghz and on par with a 1Ghz Pentium 3 Processor. SiSoft Sandra Standard Version The next thing I checked was to see if it was the Dipswitch version, which it was, so a lot of overclocking was in order. I used a small drop of heat transfer compound to aid the heat sink in its duties. While it is difficult to say exactly why ASUS chose to mount these components vertically, there are a number of possibilities that could hold true. Asus has recognised the needs of the most extreme Overclockers by including drilled holes on the PCB where heavy duty cooling equipment can be physically bolted onto the board in safe locations. Unfortunately this heat sink is not approved by AMD, as it has been know to crush the cores of several chips, as the core material is very fragile, thus resulting in an unusable chip.

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As we continue the comparison to the KT7-RAID, the heatsink on the VIA North Bridge isn’t actively cooled like that on the ABIT board, which is fine, since we saw no need for it, at the same time, there is no thermal compound placed between the North Bridge and the heatsink itself to aid in transferring heat.

After setting up Windows 98 Second Edition, and all necessary drivers and Detonator adus. We have yet to see ASUS do something that didn’t have a very good reason behind it, aa7v we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their engineers know what they’re doing.

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To overclock a Socket A processor, the multiplier bridges must be unlocked, and this can be done using the pencil trick, or, it is possible to purchase specially unlocked processors, which have been made multiplier free.


Large Size might be a problem for smaller cases. It holds all of the necessary voltage regulating capacitors that create a stable voltage for the chip. If need be, ASUS could theoretically easily replace the VRM module it’s not plugged into a socket, so you would have to de-solder the connections before removing the board with a quick RMA back to the factory, but then again, we’re not sure if this was what ASUS had in mind.

ASUS A7V – motherboard – ATX – Slot A – KT133 Series

To complement this new design, a rash of new motherboards have appeared on the market azus the latest offering from Asus appearing to be the most appealing. Memory bus operates at MHz or MHz.

By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. Both these together resulted in a very promising combo that could prove to be excellent value for money. On automatic settings, the BIOS can control these settings and to a degree can be used for changing vw FSB and voltage input, but greater accuracy is achieved by using dipswitches and jumpers. This design is essential for newer and faster generations of chips that generate a lot of heat, and this has proved to be the best way to get rid of it.

The voltage range on the A7V is between 1. I used a small drop of heat transfer compound to aid the heat sink in its duties.


Being on a riser board means that a large heat sink or other cooling devices can be fitted onto the board without fear of lack of space. Its set to FSB and 9x Multiplier. Great care was used to attach the heat sink unit onto the motherboard, which I did outside the case for safety.

The A7V is a very competent motherboard, with a host of impressive features. The Socket A package follows the latest trend in processor designs, with the CPU core exposed on the top of the chip, thus allowing a heat sink plate to fit flush against the core. Integrated AC ’97 compliant 3D audio controller.


There are four drilled holes, one in each corner of the Socket A. SiSoft Sandra Standard Version Below is the Sandra Multimedia Benchmark Scores at mhz. Relitavley high price compared to other Socket A motherboards.

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Asus A7V-VE Quick Start Manual: External Connectors

Any company can copy a reference design; a good manufacturer improves upon it. The next thing I checked was to see if it was the Dipswitch version, which it was, so a lot of overclocking was in order. The Asus was one of the first Socket A motherboards to be released, and appears to have many advantages over its rivals.

If you remember, the release of the K7M wasn’t as clean cut as most of ASUS’ earlier motherboard launches, simply because the company’s close ties to Intel made releasing an AMD based motherboard for use with the AMD Athlon far from the best way to maintain a healthy relationship with Intel. After a bit of toying around with ways to lessen their involvement with the production of the K7M, ASUS eventually rose to the point where they came out and fully supported the motherboard.

The stability it gave during benchmarking and still does. Buying a motherboard made by a manufacturer like Asus is also a plus as new BIOS updates will always be available, unlike many smaller PC component companies, and its wide use in the overclocking community ensures support is available from all levels.