It's quite easy to see why Abit's NF7 series of motherboards are so popular. The
boards perform very well,
and have a whole load of overclocking options that the tweakers out their can
truly appreciate. The NF7-M is a bit on the pricey side at $195 CDN ($130 US), but when a manufacturer only uses higher
quality components like the all Rubycon capacitors that's to be
the general consensus was that most people were surprised by how well the
nForce2 performed when it was originally released. Even now six months later, newer chipsets like VIA's
just released KT400A still reportedly cannot out perform it. To top things off, nForce2
has not suffered from any major compatibility problems unlike some rival
As you have seen by
the benchmarks we ran, just like nVIDIA GPU based videocards, nVIDIA Northbridge based motherboards perform pretty
much the same when they're tested side-by-side clock for clock. The NF7-M was a
pretty good overclocker, and this particular sample was able to hit 200 MHz
FSB with no problems.
happy that Abit did all the little things right, the motherboard
is very well labelled, and there was even thermal compound between the northbridge
heatsink and nForce2 IGP.
a few things about the NF7-M I would change
though. It would have been nice for Abit to position the IDE connectors in
a different spot, being situated right next to the DIMM slots means longer videocards may
interfere with the IDE cables. With a lot of manufacturers cooling the MCP
southbridge, I would have liked to see Abit include a passive heatsink on the
NF7-M as well since it can get quite warm.
looking for a fast nForce2 motherboard with integrated video and
good set of overclocking options the Abit NF7-M will certainly keep you happy. The feature
set of the Abit NF7-M could have been a little longer to put it on
a better footing against boards like that of MSI's K7N2G-ILSR, but then we'd be paying a
little more too.
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