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

Test Results

By: Dan Mepham

During our 72-hour test period, we experienced above average results from the KT7A.

ApplicationNumber of Crashes Caused RC50
SETI@home Client V30
MadOnion 3DMark20002
WinAmp MP3 Playback0
Intel IOMeter0
Operating System (requiring Hard-boot)0

The operating system did not crash once. Regardless of what we threw at it, we could not provoke an entire system crash. By the end of the 72-period, Windows 2000 Professional was still purring along nicely. A job well done by Abit.

However, not everything was perfect. One of the five test bed applications, 3DMark2000, crashed two times over the 72-hour period. The application would simply quit, leaving us back in Windows. The remaining four applications were still running perfectly, and we simply restarted 3DMark2000. Modifications to the AGP Driving Strength in the BIOS helped to reduce the number of crashes a little.

At this point, were attributing these crashes not to Abit, but to VIA. The 3DMark2000 instability is an issue weve seen crop up across multiple VIA boards for both AMD and Intel platforms. It appears at this point to be a VIA driver issue. Because of this, were not penalizing Abit for the crashes. We are, however, still making note of the crashes, as its something users of this board should be aware of. We should also note that 3DMark2000 is the only application we had trouble with. Quake 3 Arena loops ran fine.

As far as system performance, motherboards generally don't vary greatly at all, and the Abit KT7A-RAID is no exception. The board performed in line with other KT133A-based offerings.

 STREAM Memory BandwidthQuake 3 Arena (640x480x16)
Abit KT7A-RAID (VIA KT133A), 266MHz / 133MHz (FSB/Mem)581 MB/s179.2
Iwill KK266 (VIA KT133A), 266MHz / 133MHz (FSB/Mem)574 MB/s179.3
Gigabyte GA-7DX (AMD 760), 266MHz / 266MHz (FSB/Mem)682 MB/s186.4
Iwill KA266-R (ALi MAGiK), 266MHz / 266MHz (FSB/Mem)641 MB/s169.9

As always, those results should be compared ONLY to others on this site. We cannot guarantee that our testbeds and testing procedures are the same as those of other sources, so direct comparison between the numbers here, and those found elsewhere, may not be valid.

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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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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