by February 8, 2001 0 comments
Chipset: VIA Apollo KT 133 (also known as VIA VT8363)
Price: Rs 13,000
Software: Motherboard drivers, Asus PC Probe, Adobe Acrobat Reader 4, PC-Cillin 98, CyberLink Video and audio applications
Website: www.asus.com

The Asus A7V leaves nothing to be desired as far as features are concerned,
and this is reflected in its score of 98.5 out of 100 in features. It can
accommodate the Socket A Athlon or Duron processors from AMD. The board is laid
out on an ATX form factor and all the connectors are onboard and color-coded.
All the slots on the board are also clearly marked, which makes it a breeze to
install. It has four IDE connectors out of which two are for ATA/66 and the
other two for the latest ATA/100 drives. All motherboard settings can be done
from the BIOS in jumperfree mode, or through the DIP switches on the board. All
expansion needs are taken care of by the five PCI slots and an AMR slot. The A7V
also has a 4X AGP slot which can take in the latest graphics cards available in
the market. The three DIMM slots on the board can together take in a maximum of
1.5 GB of RAM, which should surely be more than sufficient for all types of
work. There are two USB ports on the board and an additional USB header that can
provide three more USB ports with an add-on card that is provided. The manuals
that came with the board too, were as good as ever with ASUS, leaving no topic
uncovered.

On the performance front, too, the A7V is extremely good. It got an overall
score of 98.5, which is great. In Indy3D the board got score of 45.6, which was
the highest for all Athlon boards. Again, the average frame rate of 105 in Quake
III Arena meant that it scored as high as the Asus A7 Pro. In Business
Winstone99 also it grabbed the top spot with a score of 32.1. In all other
benchmarks also the board did very well. So if you are looking for a board that
performs then there are a few better than the Asus A7V.

What made the A7V lose the first spot is its price. A hefty price tag of
Rs13,000 made it the most expensive board in our shootout. Against the Azza
KT133 TX, which gives an almost equal performance and has a price tag of Rs
5,192, the A7V stood no chance.

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