The AGP slot is
quite high up on the motherboard and you'll have to remove the videocard
when installing system memory, which is a bit inconvenient.
For those of you with memory heatsinks on the
back of your card, take care when installing the videocard... When using
our test Asus Radeon 9800XT, we found that the rear heatspreader would actually
come in contact with the memory retention clips.
If care wasn't taken
when installing the videocard to ensure it is fully seated, it is quite
possible to potentially damage a videocard or the motherboard!
KT600 northbridge gets quite warm even at stock speeds, but since this is a
value-oriented motherboard, Gigabyte have only supplied a passive heatsink. This should be fine for the
type of consumer who will be picking up the Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZ, however.
There are only a few other things to mention that perhaps
could have been done to make the Gigabyte 7VT600P-RZ a bit better - the
first is moving the IDE headers a little further away from the last PCI
slot, and the second is colour coordinating the front panel I/O connectors.
All the new motherboard
have headers which show off the polarity of the connector, and it just makes it
so much simpler when installing the board.
Heatsink Socket Clearances
Heatsink Clearance Measurements|
||8 mm |
|Bottom (cam) Clearance:
||7 mm |
|Left Side (arm) Clearance:
||18 mm |
|Right Side Clearance
||25 mm |
|Socket Mounting Holes:
|Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions:
||~90x77 mm |
measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to
the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket
The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from
top to bottom.
There's not much space around the CPU socket on the Gigabyte
7VT600P-RZ. Watch out for the two large
6.3V 3300 Microfarad capacitors on the top when installing the heatsink! Next up,
overclocking and what to expect in the BIOS...