yam'ha laat ons weten dat Sharky Extreme een review online heeft gezet van de Gigabyte 7ZX, da's een Socket A KT133 moederbord met 5xPCI, 1xAGP, 1xISA, 1xAMR en 3xDIMM. De 7ZX bleek met zijn 105MHz FSB niet echt een overklokwonder maar het goede design en handige features als DualBIOS maken dat gedeeltelijk weer goed:
Overall, the layout of the 7ZX is very easy to work with. Gigabyte has placed the ATX power connector adjacent to the DIMM slots, keeping the "cable mess" associated with many ASUS motherboards to a minimum. IDE/Floppy connectors are stacked, further eliminating twisted cables and scraped knuckles, and after dealing with several motherboards in the past couple of weeks, the 7ZX is perhaps the "neatest" board I've dealt with.
..the 7ZX has more room around the Socket A than any other motherboard in the lab. Affixing the proper heatsink/fan or even peltier combination should be no problem whatsoever.
Although we would like the 7ZX to support some form of front side bus manipulation within the BIOS, we did recently discover Gigabyte's newest software addition, EasyTune III that operates from within Windows. Featuring incremental FSB jumps of 1MHz in most cases, it shouldn't be hard to land the optimal frequency for your Socket A processor.
Due to the poor BIOS controls, we didn't initially feel there would be much overclocking overhead. Upon discovering EasyTune III, however, our outlook brightened, and we tried for something a bit more ambitious than the 735MHz (7x105MHz) setting that we achieved with the DIP switches.
The onboard switches offer the following front side bus frequencies: 95/100/105/110/113/115/117/133. We had hoped that using EasyTune would allow operation between 105 and 110MHz, but anything over the 735MHz setting would crash just as hard as if we had set the FSB via DIP switch.