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ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review

ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Other then the on board GeForce4 MX videocard care of the nForce IGP northbridge this board is virtually identical to Abit's extremely successful NF7/NF7-S motherboards.
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External Mfg. Website: Abit Apr 03 2003   Colin Sun  
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Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking

Abit did a fairly good job at clearing out the socket area of obstructions. Larger bolt-on heatsinks like the Alpha PAL 8045 should fit just fine but wider heatsinks like the Thermalright SLK-800 may have to nudge a few capacitors to fit properly.

PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 8 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 15 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 32 mm
Right Side Clearance 18 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: 3mm Ă˜dia
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~101x76 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket itself.

The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

Overclocking tests:

Abit has been a pioneer in the "overclocking arts" since the early days and we always have high expectations when it comes to overclocking an Abit motherboard. With the board completely stock we started to raise the FSB but unfortunately we hit our maximum speed at just 200 MHz FSB with the AthlonXP 3000+ we use for testing.

No matter what we did we just could not get the motherboard to run stable at a speed higher than that. I have a suspicion that if the NF7-M had better Northbridge cooling it may go higher since the Northbridge HSF was extremely hot when running overclocked - perhaps the little active heatsink really isn't up to the job when it comes to overclocking...

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Contents of Article: Abit NF7-M
 Pg 1.  ABIT NF7-M nForce2 IGP Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Soft Menu III, don't ya love it?
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  Conclusions on Abit's NF7-M Mainboard

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