Gigabyte GA-7VRXP

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Gigabyte sent along their KT333 powered GA-7VRXP motherboard and I was pleased with what they were able to showcase. It’s been a while since we have done a Gigabyte review here on, the last being the GA-7DXR powered by the AMD 760 chipset! 🙂 This time, Gigabyte came to take on the competition.

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The layout of the GA-7VRXP is pretty clean with only a few minor complaints. The CPU socket gives the user plenty of room to work with and the heatsink is capable of keeping the KT333 north bridge nice and cool. There are three memory slots to add DDR333 memory to your system. There are five PCI slots and no CNR or similar slots on this board.

Where the Gigabyte board really shines is in the feature set. This is the first time I can remember seeing a board out do MSI in this regard by including more features on the motherboard. They have included a Promise IDE RAID controller for two additional IDE channels that do support ATA100/133 on their own as well as in RAID functions. USB 2.0 is also here via a 4-port add-on cable that is included in the box. A Creative chip is included to power exceptional on-board audio quality, though not in 6 channels like the MSI board has. Courtesy of the VIA south bridge there is also an on-board network adaptor on the back plate of the boards connectors and also connectors for the installation of readers for SmartCards, Memory Sticks and Secure Digital storage cards. This board is definitely feature packed!

The only place I found the Gigabyte board lacking was in the overclocking features that it offered. First, there is a jumper on the board for choosing between 100 MHz and 133 MHz front side bus speeds. Also, if you happen to have an unlocked processor or are using an Athlon MP processor, you’ll find it necessary to use jumpers to change the multiplier settings on it as well.

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