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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

Overclocking and BIOS

Ahh.... good ol' AthlonXP overclocking action!

I haven't played with a K7 system in quite some time, and really miss taking the AMD AthlonXP 3200+ out for a spin. However, before we begin, I suspect my overclocking adventure wouldn't go very far because VIA doesm't lock the AGP/PCI on the KT600. Gigabyte haven't given the end user the option to control multipliers on the 7VT600-RZ either, so the Radeon 9800XT or CPU will hold me back at some point. Still, let's see how far the Gigabyte 7VT600-RZ will let us go!

Starting slowly at 200 MHz, the FSB was raised until the 210 MHz mark. The board just wouldn't let us go higher, and raising the voltages didn't seem to help so we think it was the videocard not liking the higher AGP speeds that was holding us back. Oh well, nothing to see here so let's move forward and take a peek in the BIOS....

VIA motherboards always have a lot of memory timings to play with and here we see that the Gigabyte 7VT600-RZ is full of options. If you're a tweaker you're going to have a lot of fun playing with these options, just remember to press CTRL + F1 to un hide the Advanced Chipset Features menu.

In the Frequency Voltage Control we see that the options are quite limited, but since this board is value-oriented, that's not unsurprising. FSB settings can go as high as 254 MHz in 1 MHz increments, but you cannot adjust the PCI/AGP frequency....

There are a few memory dividers which allow you to run the memory slower than the FSB, but you won't want to use those IMHO. CPU voltage goes to a maximum of 10% over stock, AGP can do 1.8V and DDR can go as high as 2.8V.

Intel PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Asus P4R800-V DLX (Radeon 9100 IGP)

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed.
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Catalyst 4.4

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2004
Super Pi
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003


We chose a Radeon 9100 IGP based Pentium 4 test system to compare against the Gigabyte 7VT600-RZ because the motherboard is intended for those on a budget.

AMD PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AthlonXP 3200+

Clock Speed: 11 x 200 MHz = 2.2 GHz
Motherboards:

DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B*
Gigabyte GA-7T600-1394*
Gigabyte GA-7T600-RZ

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed.
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce 3.13
VIA 4in1 4.49
Catalyst 4.4

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2004
Super Pi
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003

* - Because of time constraints, not available for all benchmarks.

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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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