Verleden maandag is Abit begonnen met het leveren van haar borden uitgerust met de KT133A chipset en nu, aan het eind van de week, beginnen de eerste Abit KT7A en KT7A-Raid plankjes op te duiken. Kyle van HardOCP kreeg een KT7A in handen en kon het niet laten om daar een review over te schrijven. De KT7A bied naast de functionaliteteit van de KT7: ATA-100 door middel van de nieuwe 686B southbridge en een 133MHz FSB zodat je bijna DDR snelheden kan halen met je PC133 geheugen. Deze nieuwe features samen met de al bewezen features van de KT7 zorgen voor een uitermate positieve Kyle :
I have mentioned this before, but I really did expect the KT133A chipset to be a total dog with no place to call home. Let me be the first to tell you....wait, how 'bout second? Well anyway, I just wanted to say I was dead wrong about this chipset. I THINK that it is going to be a great upgrade for those that find themselves wanting to upgrade and get better performance, but don't want to shell out all the cash on the DDR Ram. I may sound like a broken record here, but I know many folks here have invested in SDRam in the last few months and don't feel like turning around and investing in DDR sticks.
Is the KT133A a viable option to upgrade from a KT133? If you find yourself to be the most [H]ardCore badass mofo out there, and you must have the machine that is going to give you braggin' rights, well then, yes. If you are a "normal" person, which probably does not include most of our readers, your current KT133 board will do you just fine. I feel as though if you are looking for braggin' rights, you simply might be upgrading again when the VIA Apollo266 chipset boards hit.
[...] The ABIT KT7A has once again surpassed my expectations. It is certainly fit to follow in the footsteps of the KT7. And, of course, allowing us to OC our TBirds and Durons on a 133MHz bus is a great bonus! There is no doubt that this board is loaded. It has valuable features when it comes to storage, the SoftMenuIII is easy to navigate and keeps us from worrying about any jumpers, and the board seems to be as stable as ABIT has ever made.