EXE to the boot disk you created. Clicking the icon will allow you to see the status of your PC. Page 40 PCI audio card on any of the expansion slots. More information is available in section 3.

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Page 7 What you get ASUS has never been stingy about the bundle shipped with their mainboards and even though some of the stuff included was not as fancy as what some competitors offered, the included documentation, hardware and driver support was never anything short of exemplary. Page 8 Quality We have said it before and we can only repeat it here again, so far, we have yet to find an issue with quality on any ASUS board that has gone through here.

One of our criteria has always been the on-board power circuitry and the rule of thumb is that the more phases we have, the cleaner is the power and the faster the switching as we documented in numerous earlier reviews. Page 9: General Disclaimer 2 phase design is functionally roughly equivalent to a standard four-phase design.

Page Overall Layout Overall Layout A direct comparison between the A7V and its predecessor A7VE shows a few similarities but also quite a few deviations of the new board from the older one. The most prominent change is the obliteration of active cooling of the North Bridge in favor of the same bulky passive heatsink that also decorates the A7MD.

Page 14 The latter two settings are almost guaranteed to destroy the memory modules, maybe not today but after a few weeks. It is not clear what the purpose of the high voltage settings is, however, it is only a matter of time until this will become a liability issue for ASUS, one way or another. Page 16 Connectors The number of jumpers on the A7V is only exceeded by the number of on-board connectors. Page 21 Buffering Disabled WIthout buffering, prefetching is disabled which means that there is no real data streaming possible, even though accesses can stay in page.

This naturally reduces the overall bandwidth and consequently, the chipset and bus bottlenecks are no longer as limiting as they were in the streaming application.

Note that higher memory frequency gives better results than lower latencies, however, the difference is only marginal. Needless to point out that increasing the CPU bus frequency yields better gains than increasing the memory frequency.

In other words, the push-pull of the benchmark kind of prevents the accumulation of a data back-log in either direction and it is the combination of raw bandwidth and latencies that determines the outcome. Page 25 Expendable shows dependency on both memory frequency and latencies as we expected it. These scores are nothing short of outstanding. Again, it was possible to outperform the MHz memory bus setting with low latency settings at the synchronous MHz memory bus setting.

Page 28 Running at the Normal setting does not change the pecking order of the results. Page 29 3DMarkSE appears to be very sensitive to latencies, that is only at the lowest latencies combined with the higher memory frequencies is there any advantage.

Page 30 Overclocking With predefined settings up to MHz, one of our questions was whether in real life, the A7V would live up to the expectations set by the manual and the BIOS options, In short, we were not disappointed, since the A7V actually exceeded our expectations by quite a margin.

There is not much to say about the performance of the new chipset, essentially, there is not much of a difference between the KTA and the KT chipset and from a technical standpoint, nothing much can happen anyway since, as explained earlier, the CPU bus reamins the bottleneck. Page 32 ROMSIP could override any hardware settings including the cut bridges responsible for the multiplier, there would be no doubt that the A7V would be the one and only top choice for any tweaker.

If further, the memory and core voltage settings were either better documented or else just within specs, the board would be even better.


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