We appreciate that little touch. Let’s see how they shaped up. We re-ran the test a number of times and found the results to be consistent. I’m sure OEM system builders will be more than happy at the inclusion of this little chip, as it almost precludes the need for a true hardware solution. We liked the use of the C-Media sound chip, we also appreciated the quality of the manual and general appearance of the package. Although the memory benchmarks hinted at a difference, we are still surprised to see it almost 3 seconds behind the MSI albeit running asynchronously.

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ASUS A7VE – VIA KTA Motherboard Roundup – January

Here’s a quick look at our overclocking result. The overall layout of the board is also done with the user in mind as everything is ergonomically laid out for ease of use. Will the situation be mirrored in Serious Sam 2?. This boded well for our overclocking efforts. We’ve found this combination to be the most stable in our stress tests.

We’ve not seen this before, presumably it ensures compatibility with the different processors. 7av266 encoding is something that I regularly do, anything that saves time in that process is most welcome. However, even when set to jumper-free, you still have to manually change the DDR voltage by jumpers. We appreciate that little touch. The Promise controller offers the user two forms of RAID array, you can configure two exact drives to be one independent drive in the RAID 0 or striping mode or have two exact drives containing the same information for backup purposes in the A7v66 one or mirroring mode.


When set to 1. The performance delta was consistent from start to finish. Either way, the times posted are extremely impressive in their own right. We’re somewhat under-whelmed by the performance of the Asus with the stock XP. The very f bank of switches controls the CPU multiplier when set to jumper mode.

We see three DDR banks that are thoughtfully placed. You’ll typically find an Asus board sitting in a ready-built PC. What was the best tech product of ? This one takes a while to complete. Both systems were configured for maximum performance. Out attention is immediately drawn to the number of jumpers and dip-switches on the board, something we are seeing less of these days.

We tried to find the limit of the motherboard by using a factory-unlocked 1. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.

VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002

It’s the same as the KTA in all other respects. Let’s have a look at the specification in a little more detail.


This synthetic benchmark stresses the CPU, memory sub-system and w7v266 card to the limit. Some users abhor rotated sockets and some like them, I fall into the latter camp as it allows me comfortably attach and remove my heatsink from the motherboard without having to remove it from the case.

Using our XP 13xcooled with a modified dual-fan Taisoland 1. That heritage seems to have carried through to the A7VE. Asus also show the relative running speed of the PCI bus. One thing to take away from this test is the impressive performance all-round. A similar story to the Pifast results, one that should come as no surprise by now.

The words that spring to this reviewer’s mind are stability, quality and reliability. We re-ran the test a number of times and found the results to be consistent. That’s not x7v266 say that Asus have not been busy in the retail channel, just one look at their extensive product catalogue informs you of that. The same story unfolds here.