Abit truly pioneered the overclocking world, as its products were the first to offer features that made overclocking easy and successful for the masses. However, it’s a much different market nowadays. With literally tens of manufacturers offering BIOS-based overclocking, and other such features, Abit will have to step up if it wishes to remain the leader in the overclocking segment.
From a hardware perspective, the KT7A is probably the best overclocking board on the market. With ample room around the CPU socket, four fan headers (three located near the CPU), a complete jumper-free design, an actively-cooled Northbridge, and plenty of temperature and voltage monitoring options, the KT7A edges ahead of the likes of Iwill’s KK266, and Epox’s 8KTA3.
However, as we mentioned before, cooling and SoftMenus aren’t everything. In our tests, we were only able to push the KT7A to a maximum bus speed of 147 MHz, even when equipped with special PC166 CL2 SDRAM, provided by Abit itself. In contrast, Iwill’s KK266, paired with the exact same hardware, achieved a bus speed of 162 MHz in our labs.
Granted we’re talking about a limited sample space here, which is the problem with reviews of this sort. We have one KT7A-RAID, and one KK266. In our tests, the KK266 hit 162 MHz, while the KT7A could only achieve 147 MHz. That’s perfectly true, but there’s no guarantee that other Abit or Iwill boards will perform the same. However, we have cross-referenced our results with other sites and forums, and observed that, in general, the trends we observed with our two boards are close to the norm. That is, in general, Iwill’s KK266 seems more capable of higher bus speeds than the KT7A-RAID.
In order to help other readers, if you have experience with the KT7A-RAID, you can leave your own opinions of the product in our ‘Rate This Product’ section. In particular, given the differences in overclocking we encountered, if you own a KT7A-RAID, and you’ve done some overclocking with it, we’d like to hear about your results. Remember, please only post in that section if you own the product yourself.