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Gigabyte 7VRXP


Posted: April 29, 2002
Written by: Tuan Huyhn

Gigabyte 7VRXP






In 3D Mark 2001SE, we see that the 7VRXP still shows a minimal improvement of 2% compared to the 7VTXH+. This further shows that the Athlon canít do much with the added bandwidth of DDR333.



And finally in Quake 3 Arena, we see a better improvement of 4% with the 7VRXP compared to the 7VTXH+. This is most likely due to how Quake 3 likes to thrive on memory bandwidth.

Conclusion

The 7VRXP is a very solid board, though it doesnít really offer much improvement over itís KT266A predecessor, it all comes down to the features. With the onboard USB 2.0, Promise ATA133/RAID, and Dual BIOS, the 7VRXP is hard to beat. Carrying a low price of $111 on Price watch, there arenít any other boards on the market that can compete with it in terms of features for the price.

For those of you whoíre looking to upgrade your previous motherboard, the 7VRXP isnít worth it if youíre currently running a KT266A, unless, you need the features the 7VRXP sports, such as USB2.0 and the Dual BIOS for those of you who mess up BIOS flashes a lot. If youíre currently running PC133 memory and want to make the jump to DDR and not really into hard core overclocking, the 7VRXP would be the perfect board for you.

In the end it all comes down to what features youíre looking for in a motherboard and what type of setup you currently have now. Gigabyte has a very solid board on their hands thatís relatively feature rich and retails for a low price, though if you plan on purchasing one, make sure you receive the 1.1 revision, as it supports 166 MHz FSB and a 1/5 PCI divider.

Pros

  • USB 2.0
  • ATA133/RAID
  • Ethernet
  • Dual BIOS
  • Blue PCB


Cons

  • Lacks in overclocking
  • AMI BIOS


Overall: 90%



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