Overview. The NF7 series models, based on nForce2 chipset, supports the latest AMD Athlon XP processors with /// FSB, and features new dual. Oddly enough, the ABIT NF7-S had an AT12V connector located on its PCB. We’ ve seen maybe two Athlon XP motherboards with an ATX12V. Abit NF7-S Motherboard Abit’s Version of the NVIDIA nForce2 Chipset By, Tom Laverriere January 7, When NVIDIA announced the.

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Instead of being on the left-hand side of the motherboard, we would have preferred to have seen it located on the mothetboard, upper portion of the motherboard.

ABIT NF7, Socket A, AMD Motherboard

There are two USB 2. In the Socket A era, we find the enthusiast segment to be quite different with Abit proving to be the motherboard manufacturer of choice with overclockers on HWBOT.

Finally we come to the classic SuperPi 32M bf7, an important benchmark in terms of historical relevance. Knowing how well those other two iterations of the NF7 platform have performed, I’m sure you’ll agree we have some high expectations about what this board will be able to do, so let’s get started!

The AMD Athlon XP series arrived in and was an immediate hit with enthusiasts, offering superior performance than Intel equivalents, coupled with reasonably competitive prices.

Too many motherboard makers like to place the DIMM connectors right next to the video card. Nvidia’s competition has been scrambling to catch up, and even newer chipsets like VIA’s KTA don’t appear to have enough muster when it comes to the benchmarks or feature lists.

CPU Frequency Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers.


This is good news for the overclockers out there because this means the NF7-M has the potential to overclock high – nf at least that is what the word on the street seems to indicate – but you never with a hundred percent certainty. The Primary and Secondary IDE connectors are annoyingly positioned below where our video card is installed.

The company has two boards in the top ten and 4. You can find the submission from I. Log in Don’t have an account? The VIA KT and KT may well have been the most popular in terms of units shipped globally, but it motherboars the necessary performance features that overclockers craved.

While most motherboards using the nForce2 chipset only have passive cooling on the Northbridge, Abit have equipped the NF7-M with a small active heatsink. It indicates they care about the level of quality of their product and considering the recent failure rates motherbboard some low ESR capacitors, this is an important area for the longevity of the board.

ABIT NF7-S: Board Layout – nForce2 6-way Motherboard Roundup – December

The nForce Ultra was most popular with overclockers due to its ability reach higher clock speeds with independent CPU, memory and AGP overclocking.

Won’t you please settle this for us. If you decide to upgrade out of vanity, or necessity, to a larger active Northbridge heatsink you’ll appreciate the fact that ABit have placed the fan header just a few millimeters up on nr7 board.

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ABIT NF7 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 SPP

Check out the submission from I. Although raw CPU frequencies mtherboard not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers. With five bit PCI slots you won’t have any problems adding in future expansion cards if desired either. In only half a year, nVIDIA have dethroned the previous champion chipsets from VIA and have created quite a reputation for themselves in the stable high performance chipset arena.


The DIMM connectors are basically impossible to unhinge unless you go through the hassle of unscrewing and then physically uninstalling your video card just to throw in a stick of memory.

At FSB, we had no problems at all.

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. He managed a reference clock of Our AMD series of articles kicks off with the classic Socket Aa CPU socket and platform which many us will recall anit fondness, not least because it also involved some memorably overclockable processors.

One feature we felt ABIT shouldn’t have missed was the four mounting holes around the CPU socket that are so vital to all those Swiftech and Alpha users and cooling fanatics in general. Socket A motherboards supported a broad number of chipset designs that included the VIA KT and Nvidia nForce Ultra series, both popular choices with motherboard manufacturers. For those that are picky about memory and frequently like to install different types of modules, the DIMM connector’s position will be an annoyance.

It supported a range of K7 architecture AMD processors and core designs that spanned the period from to There’s a good chance the IDE cables will get tangled up with the video card as well, especially since the IDE connectors are placed horizontally instead of vertically on the motherboard.

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