Approx Price: $175 CDN ($100
Ultra/100, 2 Ultra/133|
ALC650 5.1 |
1 Parallel, WoL|
always been fans of Abit's motherboard because they usually perform well
and overclock like champs. Abit's previous motherboard, the BD7, was extremely popular
because of it's good stock performance, and overclockability and it looks like
Abit's new BD7II-RAID might be improving on those trends even further.
First off, Abit included IDE RAID into the equation as
well as three DIMM slots. Rounding out the other features the BD7II-RAID
has on board 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio (software codec), 4x AGP slot and five PCI's.
The board is based on a fairly compact ATX PCB, so it isn't very wide. To give
you a better picture, it's about the same size as most old school i440BX
motherboards which means it shouldn't have any problems fitting in any
Abit's has the BIOS covered with their SoftMenu III.
FSB's can be adjusted from 100 MHz to 250 MHz in 1 MHz increments as you
probably already expect. The PCI Bus frequency can be set with dividers or
locked at certain speeds altogether.
can be adjusted to 15% above the stock values, and DIMM voltages can be
up'ed to 2.7V. Of all the tweaks, we're a bit surprised that Abit only allows a
maximum of 2.7V in the DIMM voltage. Overclocking brought us to a maximum
of 159 MHz FSB.
to save some board space by mounting the CMOS battery vertical. With the
battery mounted in this position it is only held in by three solder points
so it's easy for one to snap the battery right off!
line, the Abit BD7II-RAID
is a very good motherboard with its fair share of features and overclocking
tools. Some higher VDimm settings would have been nice in the grand scheme of
things, but most users probably won't care, and this could be adjusted
with future BIOS revisions.