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Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Most of the computer hardware community has been focusing on Pentium 4 and Athlon64 CPUs, but we shouldn't count out the trusty ole AMD K7 just yet
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jun 09 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ

Tight around the AGP socket

The AGP slot is quite high up on the motherboard and you'll have to remove the videocard when installing system memory, which is a bit inconvenient.

For those of you with memory heatsinks on the back of your card, take care when installing the videocard... When using our test Asus Radeon 9800XT, we found that the rear heatspreader would actually come in contact with the memory retention clips.

If care wasn't taken when installing the videocard to ensure it is fully seated, it is quite possible to potentially damage a videocard or the motherboard!

The VIA KT600 northbridge gets quite warm even at stock speeds, but since this is a value-oriented motherboard, Gigabyte have only supplied a passive heatsink. This should be fine for the type of consumer who will be picking up the Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZ, however.

There are only a few other things to mention that perhaps could have been done to make the Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZ a bit better - the first is moving the IDE headers a little further away from the last PCI slot, and the second is colour coordinating the front panel I/O connectors.

All the new motherboard have headers which show off the polarity of the connector, and it just makes it so much simpler when installing the board.

Heatsink Socket Clearances
PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 8 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 7 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 18 mm
Right Side Clearance 25 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: N/A
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~90x77 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket itself.

The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

There's not much space around the CPU socket on the Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZ. Watch out for the two large 6.3V 3300 Microfarad capacitors on the top when installing the heatsink! Next up, overclocking and what to expect in the BIOS...

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Tight around the AGP socket
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Comanche 4
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003 and Conclusion

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