However, the MSI, running with asynchronous memory, puts a little distance between itself and the Asus. The fact that certain jumpers still have to be manipulated is a negative point. The BIOS itself is fairly intuitive and reasonably easy to navigate. RAID 1 is more commonly used to back up data as one drive simply mirrors what’s is on the other. 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 appreciate that little touch. The software package, although not as impressive as some we’ve seen, is more than adequate.
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The power requirements are high on all Athlon system boards so a W or better power supply will be needed for optimal stability with the A7VE.
It seems Asus’ lack of bandwidth is negatively impacting on results. We ran the board continuously for well over 16 hours with Prime95 and SETI both taxing the system simultaneously. As has been mentioned above, the board can be set to jumper-free mode by changing the position of one jumper.
We don’t like to see this happen, but in the cut-throat world of motherboard manufacturing, any increase in performance, however gained, is more than welcome. The scaling of the Asus at Mhz informs us of that.
ASUS A7V266-E, Socket A, AMD Motherboard
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. The memory throughput is a far more interesting comparison. Here’s a quick look at our overclocking result. We would also like to see a completely jumper-free mode in BIOS.
Asus, like most other manufacturers, simply replaced their KT offering by ass the more efficient KTA North bridge in place of the older KT North bridge chipset.
We’re using Xmpeg 2. We weren’t surprised to see the board soldiering on even after extended abuse.
We see three DDR banks that are thoughtfully placed. The fact that certain jumpers still have to be manipulated is a negative point.
ASUS A7VE Specs – CNET
We see the mark barrier breached once more courtesy of an overclocked XP The bulk of Asus’ revenue is accrued from the OEM channel. The board satisfies it’s probable Aus target market pretty well.
Using our XP 13xcooled with a modified dual-fan Taisoland 1. You’ll typically find an Asus board sitting in a ready-built PC.
This boded well for our overclocking efforts. It also sports an upgraded South bridge which is now ATA compliant. It’s well presented, has a multitude of features and is a champion in the a7v626-e stakes. Benchmarks Our trusty synthetic friend, SiSoft Sandra, leads the way. I still scratch my head a7b266-e wonder why in the heck these guys put a more than useless ACR slot on this motherboard.
This synthetic benchmark stresses the CPU, memory sub-system and graphics card to the limit. Everything is stowed away neatly. Features and Installation Just a brief glimpse reveals that Asus have loaded the board with some rather nice goodies.
We appreciate that little touch. The BIOS itself is fairly intuitive and reasonably easy to navigate. We also disliked the inability to be able to turn the RAID controller off, this increased the boot up times by at least 10 seconds. A similar story to the Pifast results, one that should come as no surprise by now.
Top marks to Asus for once again producing an impeccably behaving motherboard. We had to manually set the DDR voltage to 2. Click to find out more. The Asus is almost unique in that it offers both jumper and jumper-free modes of operation.