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Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Onboard Serial ATA, in our opinion, is a nice perk, but nothing more. Something I was extremely happy to see was that the NF7-M was only using Rubycon capacitors, nothing else. With five bit PCI slots you won’t have any problems adding mofherboard future expansion cards if desired either.
Mothebroard most motherboards using the nForce2 chipset only have passive cooling on the Northbridge, Abit have equipped the NF7-M with a small active heatsink. Besides the two rear USB 2. Log in Don’t have an account? 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!
ABIT has been trying to separate themselves from other motherboard manufacturers as much as possible lately. Soft Menu III, don’t ya love it? The current advantage of Serillel is that you can add an additional IDE drive to your system for a total of five instead of four.
ABIT NF7 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 SPP
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 mothrrboard important area for the longevity of the board. Here you’ll be able to add a maximum of four USB 2.
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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. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. 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.
I always like seeing a manufacturer use components which have a good reputation for quality on their products. We even popped the little cooler to check that thermal compound was indeed used. Abot, the NF7-S supports no more than four IDE drives total, which really shouldn’t be an issue with the vast majority of users and yes, even power users.
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 close to the MOSFETs provides the cleanest voltage signals to the motherboard powersupply circuit.
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 just a few millimeters up on the board. This seems nice, but remember that there will be some performance loss because of the Parallel to Serial conversion; on paper the performance loss shouldn’t be too great but we’ll be investigating that in the coming weeks.
ABIT NF7 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 SPP Overview – CNET
This goal couldn’t be better exemplified than by their Serillel converter technology. Ships with the following: 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.
Nothing exciting to note here, as this is pretty standard among nForce2 motherboards.