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  Abit KT7A-RAID Review 
  May 17, 2001, 09:00am EDT 


By: Dan Mepham

Overall the KT7A-RAID is an interesting product. On one hand, it is, without a doubt, the most feature-rich, and most flexible KT133A board out there, period. Abit continues to cater almost exclusively to the Do-It-Yourself market, and as a result, its boards continually offer more in the way of tweakability than the competition. Itís 100% jumper-free, and loaded with extras like fan headers, tweaking and monitoring options, active Northbridge cooling, etc. From a physical/design perspective, Abit knows how to go the extra mile, and offer everything a DIY user could want.

Further, the KT7A-RAID performed quite well, and with excellent stability, during our tests. Aside from the 3DMark2000 issue, which is not uncommon of VIA boards, we experienced no problems that can be attributed to the board.

That said, we canít give the KT7A-RAID our full recommendation. Not when Iwillís KK266 overclocks better, and has 4.1-channel on-board sound, capable of replacing a SoundBlaster Live! for most users. Further, Iwillís tech support has proved more easily accessible, and at this point weíre more confident in the long-term quality of Iwill products.

The KT7A-RAID was a good try, and certainly not without its merits. For a number of people, it will no doubt prove to be the perfect companion for an Athlon or Duron. However the KT7A-RAID really offers nothing new versus the original KT7, save for the upgraded chipset. While Abitís latest is essentially a very lightly modified older design, manufacturers like Iwill and Epox have emerged with new designs that have given them a leg up on Abit. If we were to pick a KT133A board today, it would be Iwillís KK266.

Dan Mepham.

1. Introduction
2. Specs, Box Contents & Installation
3. The KT133A Chipset
4. Layout & Features
5. Overclocking
6. Tech Support
7. Test Setup & Procedure
8. Test Results
9. Quality Control, Something Missing?
10. Conclusion

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  Product Ratings 
Performance: 8/10
Stability: 8/10
Quality: 5/10
Features: 10/10
Layout: 9/10
Documentation: 8/10
Price: 9/10
Overall Rating: 8/10

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