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Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A Motherboard Review

Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: VIA's second attempt at a 333MHz FSB AthlonXP chipset, known as the KT400A, is a good one even though it is a little too late to make a difference.
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External Mfg. Website: Magic Pro Jun 23 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Magic Pro MP-K7V-400A

nForce2 is still faster...

In all honesty it sees like the release of the VIA KT400A chipset was a desperate move from a company worrying about losing its' market share. It is okay for a company to concede defeat for one or even two releases if it will allow them to catch up. nVIDIA did just that when their original nForce chipset bombed, and they waited a full year before releasing the highly successful nForce2.

As the benchmarks have shown, the KT400A based Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A does outperform the Albatron KX400-8XV Pro KT400 motherboard, but it's still not up to the mark set by nForce2.

I guess with a retail price of $118 CDN ($85 US) all can be pretty much be forgiven. As always you get what you pay for and in the case of the Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A, you get a decent performing motherboard with a few features (10/100 LAN and 5.1 audio).

This is a great motherboard for newbies to learn on, it's well labelled and the manual is quite detailed but if you do end up killing the mobo it's not that expensive that it'll break the bank. You need not fear if you have a small cramped ATX case, the Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A should fit just fine.

Because of the relatively small size, I understand that some components will be placed in awkward positions. The IDE and floppy drive connectors are a bit low on the PCB for my tastes, and you're going to have to remove the videocard if you're plugging in IDE cables.

If you're looking for an inexpensive motherboard, or one for a second computer, the Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A should serve you just fine but if you're looking for something with a bit more zip, you're absolutely going to be looking elsewhere.

Thanks to Canada Computers for providing the Magic-Pro K7V-400A motherboard to PCstats.com for review.

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Contents of Article: Magic Pro MP-K7V-400A
 Pg 1.  Magic-Pro MP-K7V-400A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Heatsink Clarence and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  System Spec's and Benchmarks:
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002. 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 7.  — nForce2 is still faster...

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