Ships with the
- IDE ATA66/100
- FDD Cable
- Driver CD
- User Manual
- I/O Back
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. ;-)
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.
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.
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!
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.