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

Specs, Box Contents & Installation

By: Dan Mepham

 Board Specifications
Form FactorATX
InterfaceSocket-A, 462-pin
ChipsetVIA KT133A, VT8363A & VT82C686B
Memory3 x 168-pin 3.3V SDR SDRAM (PC100/PC133)
GraphicsOff-board, 1 x AGP 2X/4X, 3.3V/1.5V
Expansion6 x 32-bit/33MHz PCI, 1 x ISA
I/O2 x ATA100 IDE Channels, 2 x ATA100 IDE RAID Channels (optional)
Bus Speeds100-183 MHz (1MHz increments)
VCore Range1.100V-1.850V (0.025V increments)
BIOSAward 6.00PGN

Abit ships the KT7A-RAID with standard implements, including a Userís Manual, installation/driver CD, and IDE/FDD cables. Two 80-conductor IDE cables are included to make use of the on-board RAID.

Installation of the board was fairly routine, as is the case more often than not. The board is laid out cleanly, with the IDE, FDD, and ATX power connectors all located near the edges of the board, which helps reduce cluttering of wires around the processor and board. Take note that some larger AGP cards may block one or two of the clips on the DIMM slots from opening all the way. We recommend you install any memory prior to installing the graphics card, just to avoid potential trouble.

AGP Slot

Additionally, we recommend installing the latest version of VIAís 4-in-1 drivers, followed by the appropriate video drivers, directly after the installation of the operating system, and prior to installing any other software or drivers.

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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