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Gigabyte GA-7VM Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-7VM Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: First impression of this motherboard is 'small', but small things sometimes hide very big surprises... This little board has some secrets...
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jun 12 2000   B. Ly  
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Gigabyte GA-7VM Motherboard Review

Right out of the box the first impression of this motherboard is, small. But small things sometimes hide very big surprises, so lets take a good look at the Gigabyte GA-7VM .

The AMD Athlon is currently available to the end user at a more attractive price than their Intel counterparts.  Initially the AMD Athlon platform suffered from a genuine lack of supporting motherboards, that is no longer the problem.  The perceived problem now is that there isn't a good selection of small motherboards for SOHO and light multimedia users.  On the Intel side, there is a wide selection of these types of motherboards from companies like Houston, and DTK.  Nonetheless, Gigabyte has arrived with a new product that should make AMD Athlon enthusiasts happy, as they've come up with a new baby-ATX motherboard suitable for SOHO, and light multimedia needs.

Gigabyte's GA-7VM steps up to the plate with a baby-ATX form factor, sporting the VIA KX-133 Slot A chip set, with 1 AGP, 3 busmastering PCI, and 1 AMR (Audio Modem Riser) slots.  Additionally it also comes with sound on board, and 3 DIMM slots.

Avg. retail price: $162 CDN  /  $109 USD

Motherboard Spec Sheet:

  • Slot A for AMD-K7 Athlon 200MHz FSB processors
  • 100/110*/115*/120*/124*/129*/133*/138*/143* MHz FSB
  • AUTO detect CPU voltage
  • VIA KX133 North Bridge
  • VIA 686A South Bridge
  • AC97 codec
  • 16MB to 1.5GB memory size
  • 3 x DIMM sockets
  • Supports 64/128/256/512 MB SDRAM DIMM module
  • Supports ECC type DIMM module (72bits)
  • 1 x AMR (Audio Modem Riser) slot (Inversely AMR card)
  • 1 x AGP slot supports 2X/4X mode
  • 3 x PCI slots support 33MHz & PCI 2.2 compliant
  • 2 x Ultra DMA 33/66 bus master IDE ports on board
  • 1 x FDD, 2 x COM, 1 x LPT, PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 Mouse on board
  • 1 x joystick, 1 x line-in, 1 x line-out, 1 x MIC on board
  • 2 x USB ports on board
  • 2 x USB ports by cable (optional accessory)
  • IrDA TX / RX Header Ready
  • ATX power connector
  • Power-on by LAN, RTC, Modem & switch
  • Power-off by Windowsr 95/98/2000 Shut down & Switch
  • Supports USB device wake-up
  • 3 level ACPI LED support
  • Stop CPU fan during entering suspend mode
  • Micro ATX , 4 layer PCB (24.7*22.0cm)
  • Auto speed down and Alarm when CPU overheat or Fan failure (OS independent & Driverless)
  • 3 fan power & speed detection connectors
  • Stop CPU fan during entering suspend mode
  • System health status detect & report by BIOS
  • H/W detect +5V, +12V, CPU voltage & CMOS battery status
  • 2Mbit Flash RAM
  • AMI BIOS with enhanced ACPI Feature for PC98/Win98/Win2000 compliance, Green, PnP, DMI, INT13 (>8.4GB) & Anti-Virus functions < /FONT>
  • IDE#1~#4, SCSI, LS120, ZIP & CD-ROM bootable
  • AC Recovery ON/OFF control
  • Auto-detect & report system health status
  • Suspend-To-RAM (STR)
  • Includes Wake-On-LAN Header (WOL)
  • Includes Wake-On-Ring (WOR)
  • Poly fuse for keyboard, USB & game overcurrent protection

Gigabyte includes a rather informative manual, a floppy disk drive cable, 80 conductor / 40 pin Ultra ATA 66 cable and a CD.  On the CD, you should be able to find the VIA Chip set driver, the Audio Driver, DirectX 7.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01, and Norton Antivirus / Utilities 2000 SE.  The inclusion of the motherboard drivers is a given, but including the Norton Antivirus is a huge plus.  Virus protection is a very important thing to have, and getting such a competent package for free, is always welcome.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-7VM
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte GA-7VM Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Features:
 Pg 3.  Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Overclocking with Leufken's Gold Finger Device:
 Pg 5.  Conclusion:

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