Unfortunately here is also where we ran into the first problem with the A7V; the board will not work with Kingston’s DDR ValueRam at DDR speeds, though the same memory worked fine in all other motherboards. Normally, we don’t complain too much about layouts, unless there are some serious issues which was the case with the A7V Q-Fan technology controls the speed of the fans on the system according to system load and slows them down or speeds them up accordingly. You can either use an extension on the CPU fan connector or reorient the fan so that the cable is closest to the fan connector on the motherboard. Asus are well known for quality of build in their products. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. ASUS was one of the first boards to offer Thoroughbred support, though the version of the BIOS that is currently available wouldn’t allow us to change the core voltage of the Thoroughbred processor.

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Q-Fan technology controls the speed of the fans on the system according to system load and slows them down or speeds them up accordingly. Just as with the passive North Bridge cooling mentioned above, we’d like to see more motherboard manufacturers follow in ASUS’ footsteps with this design.

You can disable the controller through an on-board jumper but it’s much more convenient to have the option in the BIOS. With the prevalence of home networks and broadband internet, we would assume ASUS would find that a more valuable feature than the on-board Firewire, if they had to make a choice between the two.

Other than the issue with Kingston memory, the A7V exhibited no stability problems during our testing even with all three DIMM slots populated. Many people dislike having on board sound, so if its a pro or con is too hard to say.

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Of the three memory slots that are on-board, we were happy to find out that you can populate all three, without sacrificing the stability of the motherboard. Log in Don’t have an account? The on board audio is better than most on board audio solutions that are offered to date. The other issue we had with the layout of the board was that the CPU fan connector is very far away from the CPU socket. Unfortunately here is also where we ran into asks first problem with the A7V; the board will not work with Kingston’s DDR ValueRam at DDR speeds, though the same memory worked fine in all other motherboards.

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ASUS A7V Motherboard Review

aus To be honest I was too chicken to test this, but I will take their word for it. Whether this is truly needed in a performance board is axus course debatable.

Oftentimes, manufacturers will use cheap North Bridge fans, which end up contributing to a noisy system, something ASUS has also managed to eliminate with this design. We’re not sure whether the problem is related to Kingston or ASUS at this point; seeing as how the memory worked fine in every other motherboard we’re betting the blame is with ASUS for this one.

The A7V motherboard is no exception.

The picture above gives us a view of the ports available with this motherboard, showing full legacy support I doubt a manufacturer such as ASUS that puts great store in on board features will go down the same route as ABit for a while with their legacy free AT7 motherboard. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.

We’ve brought up the issue with ASUS but have not received an answer yet. ASUS was one of the first boards to offer Thoroughbred support, though the version of the BIOS that is currently available wouldn’t allow us to change the core voltage of the Thoroughbred processor.

Supported for use with the XP chips only, it automatically shuts down the computer if large degree of heat is detected, apparently before any damage is done. The A7V is a fairly standard motherboard from ASUS that manages to attain a good balance between an attractive board for OEMs as well as an enthusiast-class solution. Our biggest issue with this RAID controller is that it asux not offer the ability to select different stripe sizes a7v3333 than 64KB and thus limits performance tremendously 64KB stripe sizes are far from ideal for most desktop applications.

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The usual on board devices that are showing up more often as well as a couple of more unique ones: CMedia – 6 Channel. ASUS bundled a separate bracket with the board that has both 6-pin and 4-pin Firewire connectors; this bracket obviously takes up a slot cutout in the rear of your case, but the inclusion of both 4-pin and 6-pin ports are useful since 4-pin to 6-pin cables are much more common than 6-pin to 6-pin cables.

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The AGP Pro50 slot really only makes sense for workstation-users, as the only cards that require it are made by 3D Labs. Normally, we don’t complain too much about layouts, unless there are some serious issues which was the case with the A7V Based on the CMI chip, it supplies a quite high quality sound with supported 5.

Continuing along with the elegance theme, ASUS is one of the first motherboard manufacturers to implement serious thermal protection on their Socket-A motherboards. ASUS has been a favorite of ours for quite some time; their commitment to engineering excellence has given them a leg up on the competition when it comes to competency in board manufacturing.

There are two items here that clearly stand out.

Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Click to find out more. Although you can adjust the setting, the actual voltage being fed to the processor was never adjusted; we’re hoping this is a BIOS issue and will be fixed shortly. What was the best tech product of ?