Overview. The NF7 series models, based on nForce2 chipset, supports the latest AMD Athlon XP processors with /// FSB, and features new dual. Oddly enough, the ABIT NF7-S had an AT12V connector located on its PCB. We’ ve seen maybe two Athlon XP motherboards with an ATX12V. Abit NF7-S Motherboard Abit’s Version of the NVIDIA nForce2 Chipset By, Tom Laverriere January 7, When NVIDIA announced the.

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This is definitely the best overclocking nForce 2 motherboard. The VIA KT and KT may well have been the most popular in terms of units shipped globally, but it lacked the necessary performance features that overclockers craved. Although raw CPU frequencies are not really treated as true benchmarks today, they remain an important performance metric for most overclockers.

In only half a year, nVIDIA have dethroned the previous champion chipsets from VIA and have created quite a reputation for themselves in the stable high performance chipset arena. Instead of being on the left-hand side of the motherboard, we would have preferred to have seen it located on the right-hand, upper portion of the motherboard.

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Knowing how well those other two iterations of the NF7 platform have performed, I’m sure you’ll agree we have some high expectations about what this board will be able to do, so let’s get started! There are two USB 2. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Doing straight out of the box motnerboard an amazing feat in itself. The motherboard is very well labelled, if you do not happen to know what a header does just look closely on the PCB and you’ll find a description.

If you decide to upgrade out of vanity, or necessity, to a larger active Northbridge heatsink you’ll appreciate the fact that ABit have placed the fan header motherbkard a few millimeters up on the board. Ships with the following: Nff7 five bit PCI slots you won’t have any problems adding in future expansion cards if desired either.

Won’t you please settle this for us.

Barton core processors tempted enthusiasts with the promise of better performance gains thanks to a larger MB L2 cache and the prospect of a higher MHz FSB. Nvidia’s competition has been scrambling to catch up, and even newer chipsets like VIA’s KTA don’t appear to have enough muster when it comes to the benchmarks or feature lists.


For those that are picky about memory and frequently like to install different types of modules, the DIMM connector’s position will be an annoyance. About Us Employment Privacy Policy. Too many motherboard makers like to place the DIMM connectors right next to the video card.

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However, the official word from ABIT is that the NF7-S will indeed ship with four mounting holes even though our sample didn’t have this feature. It indicates they care about the level of quality of their product and considering the recent failure rates surrounding some low ESR capacitors, this is an important area for the longevity of the board.

An extra fan header is also located just above the AGP slot, a good thing if you intend to add extra cooling to a temperamental videocard. Finally we come to the classic SuperPi 32M benchmark, an important benchmark in terms of historical relevance. Today we continue our Mother Memory Lane series, shifting our focus back to the beginning of the last decade, to a time when AMD had the upper hand against Intel in terms of raw performance.

You can find the submission from I. At FSB, we had no problems at all. We have not tested any other boards for the AMD platform that were able to do this until now. If one were to buy a mid to high end motherboard or AMD “whitebox” system these days, they would be well advised to only seriously consider options which have ‘nVIDIA nForce2 inside.

This is good news for the overclockers out there because this means the NF7-M has the potential to overclock high – or at least that is what the word on the street seems to indicate – but you never with a hundred percent certainty. Return next week when we will focus on the AMD Socket platform and the motherboards, chips and scores that defined that particular era.

It supported a range of K7 architecture AMD processors and core designs that spanned the period from to The company has two boards in the top ten and 4.

One feature we felt ABIT shouldn’t have missed was the four mounting holes around the CPU socket that are so vital to all those Swiftech and Alpha users and cooling fanatics in general. There’s a good chance the IDE cables will motherboar tangled up with the video bf7 as well, especially since the IDE connectors are placed horizontally instead of vertically on the motherboard.


In the Socket A era, we find the enthusiast segment to be quite different with Abit proving to be the motherboard manufacturer of choice with overclockers on HWBOT. The general layout of the NF7-M is good, I would have preferred to have the main ATX and auxiliary power connectors elsewhere, but I understand that being abjt to the MOSFETs provides the cleanest voltage signals to the motherboard powersupply circuit.

Check out the submission from I. Our AMD series of articles kicks off with the classic Socket Aa CPU socket and platform which many us will recall with fondness, not least because it also involved some memorably overclockable processors. Please log in or register to comment.

I always like seeing a manufacturer use components which have a good reputation for quality on their products. Something I was extremely happy to see was that the Motherboarrd was only using Rubycon capacitors, nothing else. This is what ExtremeOvercloking. The nForce Ultra was most popular with overclockers due to its ability reach higher clock speeds with independent CPU, memory and AGP overclocking. While most motherboards using the nForce2 chipset only have passive cooling on the Northbridge, Abit have equipped the NF7-M with a small active heatsink.

Admin and owner of Hexus. Socket A motherboards supported a broad number of motherbard designs that included the VIA KT and Nvidia nForce Ultra series, both popular choices with motherboard manufacturers.

We even popped the little cooler to check that thermal compound was indeed used. It was manufactured using a nm 0. The Primary and Secondary IDE connectors are annoyingly positioned below where our video card is installed.

ABIT NF7 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 SPP

Privacy policy and Terms of Use. The AMD Athlon XP series arrived in and was an immediate hit with enthusiasts, offering superior performance than Intel equivalents, coupled with reasonably competitive prices.

We could run any test and the NF7-S passed all of them even running Prime 95 overnight. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. The DIMM connectors mothetboard basically impossible to unhinge unless you go through the hassle of unscrewing and then physically uninstalling your video card just to throw in a stick of memory.

High-End Workstation Performance continued ASUS has three boards in the top ten and 5.