Gigabyte 7VRXP (1)
Gigabyte is probably the first 1st tier manufacturer to send us their KT333 mainboard. In fact, if you have been a faithful reader of our website, you would have seen our exclusive review of the GA-7VTXH+ last month, 7VTXH+ is a KT266A+8233A which has the ATA-133 interface on board supported by the new south bridge.
Today, we will take a look at the latest from Gigabyte using VIA KT333 chipset. So what is the KT333 chipset? Basically KT333 chipset inherits the best performance of the Socket A and brings DDR333 support to the mainboard. Gigabyte 7VRXP integrated even more features onto the board and that includes the USB 2.0 supported using VIA VT6202 USB 2.0 controller*. There are also connectors for Memory Stick connector, overclocking features. The 10/100Mbps LAN port allows instant connectivity to LAN.
On the GA-7VRXP based on the AMI BIOS, the settings in BIOS allows you to change the FSB from 100~200Mhz FSB, the Vcore can also be adjusted from the BIOS by +5%,+7.5% and +10%. At 10%, you should be able to reach 1.95v if the default was 1.75v. The CPU multiplier is adjustable through a dip switch as shown in the photo below.
In our tests, we used the AMD Athlon XP1500+ and ran it under the tightest RAM timings we could. It went through all the rigorous tests at default speed. In fact, we stress the system further by pushing it to 150Mhz and above. The package as usual comes standard with a user's manual, FDD and HDD cables, a supporting CDROM. There are also USB brackets available for expansion for USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
Below are the specifications of the board. The subsequent pages will be the gallery followed by benchmark results including SuperPI, Q3, DroneZ etc.
* 1 x 2ports USB 1.1 connector (by cable with rear USB bracket), 2 x 2ports USB 2.0 connector (by cable with rear USB bracket)
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