This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Though little has changed from the previous incarnation of this motherboard, the KR7A-133R is a very impressive motherboard in nearly all respects.
The overclocking options are exactly what you would expect from Abit: perfect. They were the first to do it and they are still arguably the best at it. Their Soft-Menu III system is easy to use and gives the enthusiast plenty of options to play with.
The feature set of the KR7A-133R can be seen as either a positive or a negative depending on your viewpoint. If you enjoy the onboard audio, network adaptor and video of other motherboards, the Abit KR7A series isn’t for you. However, I know that there are many users that would prefer to NOT have all that extra junk on the motherboard – and you would rather use your own components and have the additional PCI slots, etc. Abit has answered those users’ prayers. However, they do include the ATA133 option all around, as that is more of a performance feature than anything.
The IDE RAID is now an almost standard feature for power users motherboards. Abit did an excellent job in the respect of using a high quality and reliable chipset to power the additional IDE channels on the KR7A-133R motherboard.
The performance of the board is above any other KT266A board we have tested. And in many cases it is rivaling the KT333 benchmark results. That is quite an impressive feat and it because of the combination of all these positives that I am awarding the Abit KR7A-133R motherboard the Editor’s Choice award – as the best KT266A board tested at Amdmb.com!