Conclusion

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After it’s all said and done, the Asus A7V133 motherboard is a great addition into a pile of already outstanding KT133A solutions. It is right on track on performance with the Epox 8KTA3, even reaching ahead of the pack a few times. Other contenders in this difficult market are being tested as this review is being published including the Abit KT7A-RAID and the Iwill KK266. From what others have said and our own beginning testing these boards also show to be fairly strong in their features and benefits.

With each extra MHz we get on the front-side bus, the KT133A chipset is getting closer and closer to the performance levels that were said to be only reachable by DDR SDRAM and the AMD 760 chipset. We have shown this to be a shaky and unreliable statement at best. While in some aspects, the benefits of have DDR SDRAM are very extreme, in much of the real world testing and applications PC133 SDRAM is still chugging along, nipping at its heals. I’d like to think that VIAs DDR Athlon chipset will turn this around, as we do need to upgrade this part of our computers soon.

The Asus A7V133 motherboard is a great choice, provided that you do not want RAID 1 or 0+1 on you IDE system. The inclusion of the Promise RAID 0 and letting the user modifying the processor settings in the Bios is what Asus needed to do to compete. With the additional weight they receive just by using the name Asus, the A7V133 should do very well, and its success will be well deserved. I have no trouble giving the Asus A7V133 motherboard a great rating and recommending it highly to anyone looking for an upgrade.

Thanks goes to Sterling over at Monarch Computer for the review sample. They have these motherboards in stock and ready to ship for $150. Visit the Monarch website or give them a call.

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(9.0 / 10.0)

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