by April 6, 2004 0 comments



This board is the same as the 7VM400MF board we reviewed earlier (page 113, January 2004), except that this one doesn’t have a FireWire port. It’s a compact board integrated with all features necessary for SOHO. For the office user, it has onboard 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports and onboard graphics while, for home users, it has onboard six-channel sound along with SPDIF digital output and an 8X AGP slot for adding a better graphics card. The board is based on the VIA KM400 chipset and supports Athlon XP processors. It has 333 MHz FSB and supports a maximum of 2 GB dual channel DDR memory.

We tested the board using an Athlon XP 3000+, with 512 MB RAM and 7200 rpm hard drive. It was tested with both onboard graphics as well as a GeForce4 Ti 4600AGP card with 128MB VRAM. Surprisingly, the board’s results weren’t as good as its MF version (results in the table). Overall, it’s a good buy. But if you can spend around 500 bucks more, then go for its MF version. This board has Norton Internet Security Suite 2003.

Business
Winstone 2001
Content
Creation 2001
Quake
3 Arena
3DMark
2001
SE
Winstone
units
Winstone
units
Fps 3Dmarks
Gigabyte
GA-7VM400M
67.8 99.7 228.8 10079
Gigabyte
GA-7VM400M**
66.5 100.8 63.3 1692
Gigabyte
GA-7VM400MF
73.6 106.1 270.5 14640
Gigabyte
GA-7VM400MF**
68.3 104.3 69 2813
ASUS
A7N8X Deluxe
75.5 115.1 315.4 16695
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On board graphics

Siddharth Sharma

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