Ik kreeg een mailtje binnen over deze Asus A7V review die net bij HardwareCentral is verschenen. Net zoals eerdere artikelen over dit VIA KT133 Socket A plankje was de reviewer erg enthousiast over zijn features en performance. Hieronder vast een gedeelte uit de test:
For overclockers, the A7V is a must-have. The ability to change the multiplier on Socket-A processors is simply invaluable. Moreover, the A7V’s multiple fan headers, Jumper-free BIOS, flush socket lever, and wonderful stability make it ideal for overclockers. The only other board thus far with the ability to change multipliers is Abit’s KT7, now up against stiff competition thanks to the A7V.
For a workstation environment, the A7V is ideal as well thanks to its stability, support for a wide range of new AMD processors, AGP Pro slot, and ability to accept up to 1.5 GB of SDRAM or VCSDRAM.
Further, the A7V’s ability to support up to eight IDE devices, four at ATA-100, is noteworthy. We’re happy as well to see Asus’ use of Promise’s ATA-100 controller, as in the past, we’ve found its drivers and BIOS to be stabler than their Highpoint counterpart’s.
The only real concern we have with the A7V is its price tag. In general, the A7V runs for about $20 to $30 higher than other Socket-A boards, which may be significant for some users. For the beginning user, whether that extra $30 is worth it for the Asus name and features is questionable (not many people buy a Mercedes as their first car). For the power user, however, the A7V is absolutely worth every penny.