Another example of the ASUS standard would be their K7M, quite possibly the most highly anticipated motherboard for the Athlon processor. Unfortunately this heat sink is not approved by AMD, as it has been know to crush the cores of several chips, as the core material is very fragile, thus resulting in an unusable chip. Even without an Unlocked processor, the A7V still continues to shine with its extra features that make it suitable for a high-end system. It proved to be very stable in testing and also in day-to-day usage. There seem to be three revisions of this board in existence, one with Onboard Audio, one with Multiplier Dip-Switches and one with both of these features. AMD are also selling some chips that are multiplier locked and some that are unlocked, so it is possible to purchase an unlocked processor from a non specialist overclocking establishment, but there is a chance that the processor you may buy might be a locked one.
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With a processor which is unlocked and the ability to change the multiplier, increasing the FSB becomes a much less desirable, as the processor can be overclocked and still be kept inside its rated FSB. The Asus was one of the first Socket A motherboards to be released, and appears to have many advantages over its rivals.
The ability to overclock a chip this way is not documented in the Asus manual but is shown on the Asus website. Without an unlocked processor, only the FSB can be altered to gain extra speed. On automatic settings, the BIOS can control these settings and to a degree can be used for changing the FSB and voltage input, but greater accuracy is achieved by using dipswitches and jumpers.
The FSB can be increased in 1mhz increments in the — mhz range. Great care was used to attach the heat sink unit onto the motherboard, which I did outside the case for safety. AMD are also selling some chips that are multiplier locked and some that are unlocked, so it is possible to purchase an unlocked processor from a non specialist overclocking establishment, but there is a chance that the processor you may buy might be a locked one.
To complement this new design, a rash of new motherboards have appeared on the market with the latest offering from Asus appearing to be the most appealing. Any company can copy a reference design; a good manufacturer improves upon it. The Socket A package follows the latest trend in processor designs, with the CPU core exposed on the aasus of the chip, thus allowing a heat sink plate to fit flush against the core.
SiSoft Sandra Standard Version Once again, ASUS was armed with the same chipset as everyone else, but they were simply able to produce a better implementation than the competition.
Integrated AC ’97 compliant 3D audio controller. Asus has recognised the needs of the most extreme Overclockers by including drilled holes on the PCB where heavy duty cooling equipment can be physically bolted onto the board in safe locations.
ATX form factor x mm. We haven’t seen an immediate need for including thermal compound in this location and it doesn’t affect stability as far as we know, so we didn’t count against ASUS for not including it. Being on a riser board means that a large heat sink or other cooling devices can be fitted onto the board without fear of lack of space.
The K7M turned out to be the most mature AMD board in a time when finding a solid Athlon motherboard was quite difficult. The version that I tested is revision 1.
I achieved similar 3Dmark scores as the test relies heavily on the graphics sub-system to perform well than it does on CPU speed. The voltage range on the A7V is between 1. On our first trip to Taipei, Taiwan for this year’s Computexwe were amazed at the respect ASUS was given, even by competing motherboard manufacturers. Unfortunately this heat sink is not approved by AMD, as it has been know to crush the cores of several chips, as the core material is very fragile, thus resulting in an unusable chip.
I used a small drop of heat transfer compound to aid the heat sink in its duties.
If you remember, the release of the K7M wasn’t as clean cut as most of ASUS’ earlier motherboard launches, simply zsus the company’s close ties to Intel made releasing an AMD based motherboard for use with the AMD Athlon far from the best way to maintain a healthy relationship with Intel.
Another example of the ASUS be would be their K7M, quite possibly the most highly anticipated motherboard for the Athlon processor. It holds all of the necessary voltage regulating capacitors that create a stable voltage for the chip.
ASUS has attained this high level of respect by consistently delivering some of the most reliable, high performing and flexible motherboard designs we have ever seen.
It also supports Chassis Intrusion via a special switch, which is sold separately. With a specially unlocked processor at my disposal, I was able to tweak the settings to gain every extra Mhz from the chip. A little bit of case modding later resulted in correct placing of riser supports to mount the motherboard on. Large Size might be a problem wsus smaller cases.
It has a vast array of special high-end features that complement the Socket A processor. Even without an Unlocked processor, the A7V still continues to shine with its extra features that make it suitable for a high-end system.