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  Product Profile : Abit KT7A-RAID 
 
Abit's KT7A-RAID is essentially the exact same as the original KT7-RAID with an upgraded chipset (VIA's KT133A). Abit really hasn't done anything new, only slightly revamped an older product, and thus other manufacturers have hopped on the ball, leaving the KT7A-RAID slightly behind.

For more information on Abit products, see Abit's website: http://www.abit-usa.com
Performance: 8/10

The KT7A-RAID performed well in our tests, on par with what we've seen from other KT133A-based boards.

Stability: 8/10

The board behaved with above average stability in our tests. The only difficulties encountered were with the 3DMark2000 test, which crashed twice. In all fairness to Abit, we want to make it perfectly clear that this is a VIA problem, one we've seen before, and not limited to Abit boards.

Quality: 5/10

At initial glance, the board appears to be of reasonable quality, and we certainly encountered no difficulties during our tests. Nevertheless, reports of high RMA-rates on Abit products have us worried. Rest assured we'll be watching this board closely.

Features: 10/10

There really isn't a whole lot more we could ask for in this department. Abit knows how to provide everything anyone could possibly want.

Layout: 9/10

The board's layout is excellent for the most part, save for the positioning of the CPU socket close to the edge of the board. All other connectors are placed cleanly and out of harm's way.

Documentation: 8/10

Abit provides a reasonable User's Manual.

Price: 9/10

With a bit of looking, the KT7A can be found for around $120 USD, while the RAID-equipped KT7A-RAID runs for a few dollars more, at around $135-$140 USD.

Overall Rating: 8/10

The KT7A(-RAID) is a good board. Plenty of features and options, and good performance. But we recommend anyone seriously interested in this board check out Iwill's KK266(-R) as well.

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