This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.In the scheme of things then, where does the Abit KR7A-RAID motherboard stand? It’s performance is just as good of the Soyo Dragon Plus motherboard, which we previously had known as the best KT266A chipset motherboard. The fact that the Abit board can beat the Dragon in some tests shows the time that Abit spent on the motherboard was well used. It is fair to say the Abit KR7A-RAID is the fastest single processor motherboard we have seen for the AMD platform thus far.
The board no doubt has good overclocking options but seems to have some kind of problem with an increased front-side bus. There is a chance, though I didn’t test it, that installing a Blue Orb or similarly better fan on the north bridge may increase the overclocking potential.
As far as the future of motherboards goes, the KT266A chipset is still an excellent choice. You should not be concerned that the upcoming release of the KT333 chipset will push the KT266A to the wayside. Initial demand for the newer VIA chipset (still more than a month before the rumored release to OEMs) will surely be lower than we saw for the KT266A chipset. An investment in a new motherboard now is still a sound idea.
Overall, I’d have to rate the Abit KR7A-RAID a 9/10 for the shear power that it is able to deliver to the end user. Abit fans rejoice in another grand motherboard!