This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Did I claim that the Abit KR7A-133R motherboard was going to be the last KT266A chipset motherboard reviewed on Amdmb.com? Sorry! I was mistaken, obviously. This board came in later than I was expecting it and I didn’t want to leave it out of the reviews we are doing here recently.
The DFI AD73 motherboard has a strong list of advantages but also some of the disadvantages that go along with it. First, for the strengths of this board: it is a great performance motherboard. Though it certainly is not the top performer motherboard you can buy, its benchmarks showed it to be close to the fastest KT266A motherboard we have tested as well as closer to the KT333 chipset than some users would have realized. The other big plus the DFI motherboard gets is cost. You can find the AD73 motherboard for less than $80 – the same cannot be said for the KR7A motherboard. The RAID version also keeps the user with more options for system expandability.
The downsides to this motherboard include the lack of some of the features that Amdmb.com likes to see. Though on-board sound can be seen as a negative, in my opinion it can’t really hurt a motherboard in any regards except for costs. Also, without any goodies like LAN or USB 2.0 it will be harder to get the DIYs who look for that stuff to glance at the DFI line of motherboards. Finally, though the overclocking options are very much an improvement over the previous DFI motherboards we have tested, they are still not up to snuff with the best out there. Adding the multipliers to the BIOS would surely have helped this!
Overall however, the DFI motherboard is a great performer at an excellent price point. If you don’t need all the fancy features of the more expensive motherboards and just want something simply, stable and to the point, the DFI AD73 motherboard should definitely be on your list of boards to look for.