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Besides the two rear USB 2. I always like seeing a manufacturer use components which have a good reputation for quality on their products. We networrk popped the little cooler to check that thermal compound was indeed used.
Onboard Serial ATA, in our opinion, is a nice perk, but nothing more. In only half a year, nVIDIA have dethroned the previous champion chipsets from VIA and have created quite a reputation for themselves in the stable high performance chipset arena.
Abit NF7-S2G Motherboard. Need drivers
The current advantage of Serillel is that you can add an additional IDE drive to your system for a total of five instead of four. If you decide to upgrade out of vanity, or necessity, to a larger active Northbridge heatsink you’ll appreciate the fact that ABit have placed the fan header just a few millimeters up on the board.
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Won’t you please settle this for us. This goal couldn’t be better exemplified than by their Serillel converter technology. It indicates they care about the level of quality of their product and considering the recent failure rates surrounding some low ESR capacitors, this is an important area for the longevity of the board. This seems nice, but remember that there will be some performance loss because of the Parallel to Serial conversion; on paper the performance loss shouldn’t be too great but we’ll be investigating that in the coming weeks.
Log in Don’t have an account? The general layout of the NF7-M is good, I would have preferred to have the main ATX and auxiliary power connectors elsewhere, but I understand that being close to the MOSFETs provides the cleanest voltage signals to the motherboard powersupply circuit.
Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. ABIT has been trying to separate themselves from other motherboard manufacturers as much as possible lately.
Nothing exciting to note here, as this is pretty standard among nForce2 motherboards. Here you’ll be able to add a maximum of four USB 2. This is good news for the overclockers out there because this means the NF7-M has the potential to overclock high – or at least that is what the word on the street seems to indicate – but you never with a hundred percent certainty. Knowing how well those other two iterations of the NF7 platform have performed, I’m sure you’ll agree we have some high expectations about what this board will be able to do, so let’s get started!
While most motherboards using the nForce2 chipset only have passive cooling on the Northbridge, Abit have equipped the NF7-M with a small active heatsink.
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An extra fan header is also located just above the AGP slot, a good thing if you intend to add extra cooling to a temperamental videocard. Ships with the following: The motherboard is very well labelled, if you do not happen to know what a header does just look closely on the PCB and you’ll find a description. If one were to buy a mid to high end motherboard or AMD “whitebox” system these days, they would be well advised to only seriously consider options which have ‘nVIDIA nForce2 inside.
Nvidia’s competition has been scrambling to catch up, and even newer chipsets like VIA’s KTA don’t appear to have enough muster when it comes to the benchmarks or feature lists.
High-End Workstation Performance continued Something I was extremely happy to see was that the NF7-M was only using Rubycon capacitors, nothing else.
Therefore, the NF7-S supports no more than four IDE drives total, which really shouldn’t be an issue with the vast majority of users and yes, even power users.