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Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup

Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Despite a bit of a delay at the release of the nForce2 chipset, nVidia appears to have learned their lessons well and have not made the same mistakes twice.
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External Mfg. Website: various Jun 29 2003   Colin Sun  
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Abit, ahh wonderful Abit...

Abit NF7-M Motherboard

Ships with the following:

  • IDE ATA66/100 Cable
  • FDD Cable
  • Driver CD
  • User Manual
  • I/O Back Plate

Brackets:
  • USB 2.0 Bracket
  • While the hottest nForce2 board on the market today is the Abit NF7-S, we had the pleasure of taking a look at Abit's nForce2-IGP based offering in the NF7-M. Unlike the some of the other manufacturers, Abit chose to use a rather interesting brown/orange PCB colour. I guess looks really aren't everything. ;-)

    With a retail price of $125 CDN ($92 US) one shouldn't really expect many features, and the NF7-M is pretty barren in fact. Equipped with only 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio and an integrated GeForce4 MX the board really doesn't offer all that much. Still with what you save with the board you can put it towards other devices and the NF7-M is pretty upgradable with its five PCI slots.

    We were happy to not just see an active cooler on the nForce2 IGP Northbridge but that Abit used a good amount of thermal paste instead of those pesky thermal pads. The main ATX and ATX12V power connectors are located in a decent spot right next to the MOSFETs. That means that your processor will some nice steady voltages which should improve stability.

    Abit also did a very good job at clearing out the CPU socket area of obstructions and with the four mounting holes you should be able to install even the largest of heatsinks on the market!

    The layout of the NF7-M is not as good as previous Abit motherboards. Probably the thing that bothers us most is the location of the IDE connectors. Placed just under the DIMM slots they could interfere with longer AGP videocards (like Ti4600's) and would require you to wrap the IDE cables around which can cause your expensive videocard to easily overheat!

    The Abit NF7-M is a performance motherboard and for those die hard overclockers who voltage mod and TEC their videocards having an integrated one may not be a bad idea when disaster strikes.

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    Contents of Article: various nforce2
     Pg 1.  Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup
     Pg 2.  The Pioneer - Asus A7N8X
     Pg 3.  Super Budget MSI K7N2-L
     Pg 4.  The awesome Epox 8RDA+
     Pg 5.  8RDA+'s twin, the FIC AU11
     Pg 6.  FIC's second go with the nForce2, the AU13
     Pg 7.  Magic who? Oh Soltek...
     Pg 8.  — Abit, ahh wonderful Abit...
     Pg 9.  Small but powerful, Albatron KM18G Pro
     Pg 10.  Black Beauty, AOpen AK79G MAX
     Pg 11.  The Epox 8RGA+
     Pg 12.  Feature Rich MSI K7N2G-ILSR
     Pg 13.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
     Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002
     Pg 15.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002
     Pg 16.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
     Pg 17.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
     Pg 18.  Benchmarks: UT2003
     Pg 19.  Overclocking and Conclusions

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