In navolging van de nodige andere sites heeft nu ook Andy Drake van BX Boards zijn review van de vooral qua features goede Abit KA7 online gezet. Het blijkt dat het moederbord bij een bus van 133 MHz geen PCI divider van 4 ondersteunt en je daardoor je PCI bus op 44 MHz laat draaien in plaats van de wat gezondere 33 MHz. Hieronder een gedeelte uit de conclusie die verder overwegend positief is:
Any board that can take our reference Athlon 650's above 800Mhz, when other boards struggle to break 700Mhz deserves a lot of praise. Abit have carried their expertise for high bus speed overclocking over to Athlon mainboards, and for the overclocker I really can't think of many improvements Abit could make to the KA7 in this area.
Is there a downside? Unfortunately yes. KX133, and to some extent VIA chipsets in general suffer SDRAM compatibility problems, and the KA7 is no exception. In fact, as far as DIMM compatibility is concerned, I'm sad to say this is one of the worse boards I've tested. The failure to work with Samsung -G8, one of the most popular OC DIMMs is almost unforgivable. I do expect a new BIOS to improve this, and indeed a beta-BIOS supplied to BXBoards at the 11th hour, including additional SDRAM tweaking setting looks a step in the right direction.
These are live issues, and will put off many users who do not wish to overclock. However for the tweaker the choice is simple - there is no better board available for the Athlon overclocker. If you want to squeeze the maximum out of your Athlon, then the KA7 is the board for you. Despite its flaws (and much of this is attributable to the KX133 chipset), the generous expansion possibilities, and the inclusion of the always great Softmenu III makes this board a winner.
Quite simply, if you want to get the best Athlon mainboard, you need to get the Abit KA7!