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The good thing and the bad of the KT7

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Using RAID in the KT7-RAID

Tests and yield

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10/10/2000


Author:
Juan Herrerías Rey
 

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ABIT KT7-RAID: the best of his class


 

What there are the things: ABIT, which took a considerable time in throwing his first motherboard for the Athlon (and which also had left the market Socket 7, that of the AMD K6-x), has turned in a few months into a reference forced to the rest of manufacturers of basic badges for mikes AMD. Things veredes, Sancho...

After the big success of criticism and sales of the KA7/KA7-100 for Slot A (that nevertheless have had a relatively ephemeral life), the relief comes now for the new mikes in format Socket A; and like the previous ones, it comes in two versions, KT7 and KT7-RAID, to cover the needs for all kinds of users.

Are the new badges at a height of the reputation of the KA7? Are there a progress or simply a continuation? Keep on reading to try to solve these questions...

 

Description and specifications

Photo of the ABIT KT7-RAID

After unpacking the badge, we observe that the basic design of the circuitry is practically the same one than in the KA7-100, but replacing the Slot A por a Socket A (for the absent-minded persons: the new socket of the AMD Athlon and Duron). But this impression, although it is true, is not not much less exact...

To start, not only he has installed a Socket A to himself, but we have a fan on the Northbridge (one of two chips that form the chipset, and probably the most important). This fan complements the already habitual habitual green spendthrift in most of basic badges, and has enough sense since the Northbridge works contínuamente and tends to warm up enough, especially in the last ROUTE chipsets like this KT133. Fan of the chipset of the ABIT KT7-RAID

Thanks to the presence of this fan, or at least theoretically, the chipset will work of stabler form, and the overclocking capacity will increase. The first thing is quite true; the second thing not so much, since normally we will be limited by other factors (mike, memory...). But in any case, and although definitely it is not needed, it is a beneficial detail and of quality.

The number of grooves DIMM has come down to 3, what is not good news, but nevertheless we will be able to install up to 1,5 GB of memory, "enough memory" and more enough than almost nobody can afford with the current prices. Otherwise, there have been supported the wise moves of the design of the KA7:

  • 1 groove AGP, 6 PCI and 1 ISA;
  • 4 connectors for fan (without counting that of the chipset!);
  • connectors for discs in the right top end, where less they bother;
  • brilliant situation that of the electrical connector, it arrives completely;
  • and without integrated sound, which in our opinion would be useless for the class public to whom the badge is destined.

And finally, but by no means the least important thing: in our analysis on the KA7 we were emphasizing the presence of an empty space where there would be placed the control chip ATA/100 that was naming the KA7-100; well, in case of the KT7 we have the same empty hollow, but in the version KT7-RAID this case this space is full and is one of the principal innovations of this badge, as we will see later.

Before continuing with the details, remembering that the finished official description of the KT7-RAID can be in the ABIT web site.

 

Complements

Cable USB

Of course, the box of the motherboard contains something more than the silicon piece with chips; in this case, ABIT has decided to continue the good example of other marks of prestige like ASUS, and includes with the badge a cable to be able to use two ports additional USB, which raise the whole to 4 ports USB; the current devices invasion turns out to be interesting, given with this class of connection.

Also we find 2 cables ATA/66 to connect hard disks and the typical cable for disk drives, a diskette with drivers for the checker ATA/100-RAID, the practical and finished CD - ROM of ABIT with drivers, utilities, manual in format PDF...

... And of course, the manual in role: only in English (since it happens with practically all the manufacturers of basic badges) but every more didactic, finished day... and fat person, already hardware and software are more than 120 pages on the whole installation. If he knows English and wants to learn to install a motherboard and form his BIOS, do not buy a book: obtain this manual!

... Although, really, the installation with RAID could be explained even better (and that that 18 pages they give him, but things still begin in absence); in any case, here we will try to illustrate a little more the topic.

 


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