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Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 VIA KT600 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 VIA KT600 Motherboard - PCSTATS
Abstract: VIA are also the only third party chipset manufacturer to rise to AMD's challenge and capture dominance riding the highly successful Athlon processor.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Aug 20 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394

Bundles with the GA-7VT600

Gigabyte have raised the bar for all manufacturers in terms of customer care. Not only does Gigabyte label their motherboards well, they do all the little things right like colour coordinate the front panel I/O headers and indicate the positive values! The GA-7VT600's user manual is also extremely detailed so novice should have no problems.

We're happy to see that Gigabyte include one of the better software bundles with the GA-7VT600. It includes Norton Internet Security 2003 (which consists of Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton Spam Alert and Norton Parental Control) which will certainly help safeguard one's software/data!

Having played with nForce2 based motherboards for most of the year, it was nice to find that the Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394's KT600 Northbridge does not generate a lot of heat.

In fact, Gigabyte use a small BX style cooler and the heatsink still does not feel hot even after hours of benchmarking! Same goes with the new VT8237 Southbridge; it's extremely cool running as well.

Enthusiasts take note that the AGP/PCI was not locked during overclocking; severely limited the overclocking potential of the motherboard as the ATi Radeon 9700 Pro does not like anything much higher than 70 MHz AGP. This is not the fault of Gigabyte, rather the blame sits squarely on VIA.

I was very surprised to see that the brand new VIA KT600 does not support AGP/PCI locking yet... the almost 12-month old nForce2 does.

Another annoying tidbit with the Gigabyte's GA-7VT600 1394 motherboard was that it has many dip switches! Couldn't the multiplier control for the processor be located in the BIOS instead of having to manually adjust the dip switches? Oh well, can't win them all.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 VIA KT600 Motherboard
 Pg 2.  — Bundles with the GA-7VT600
 Pg 3.  Heatsink Clarences, Overclocking
 Pg 4.  A look into the BIOS
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  A match for nForce2?

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