For those who still have yet to venture out into the overclocking world, we suggest that you take a look at the ABIT AN7 and consider its rich. In our Athlon XP-M article, we achieved our greatest success using Abit’s AN7 board. During the course of that test, we decided that the AN7. Universal abit > Motherboard, Digital Speakers, iDome, AirPace, Multimedia. AN7 FSB, Dual DDR, SATA RAID, IEEE ABIT ╬╝Guru Technology.

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One very strange thing I noticed was that the silkscreening the writing on the PCB itself wrongly labels the Power-On switch on the block of front-panel connections.

Of course if you have a full-tower with your drives in the very top of the case like above the PSU in an AOpen HX then you will aibt some problems. There are two IDE channels on the motherboard. I wasn’t too keen on this idea at first, but while using the AN7 I’ve become a fan of this location. Downloads Mobo ID Tools.

This is of no major significance, but Abut heard a few complaints from people about abot the power connectors in this area abitt all. Though a lot of attention has shifted to AMD’s current bit technology, a large part of users are still very comfortable with the Athlon XP in particular those based on the Barton core which comes with a KB L2 cache.

The CMOS battery is mounted flat against the board to lessen the risk of shipping damage as we’ve seen previously. As there aren’t any video cards made with 2x in mind anymore, the 3. Including the one powering the NorthBridge fan there are 5 fan connectors in total, up from 3 on the NF7-S.

Motherboards Previous page Next page. Other highlights include the huge selection of FSB: I kind of wish Abit would include an additional USB cable with 2 more ports, as is supported by this motherboard, but that is not the case. The main complaint is that the bulky bundle of power cables from the PSU to the motherboard passes right over the CPU cooling area, blocking airflow or interfering with watercooling pipes.

A single small nylon zip-tie can be used for this purpose and clears up that whole area. This location unfortunately has not changed on the AN7. The back panel consists of 4 USB 2. One of the complaints about the NF7-S v2. Abit AN7 uGuru Review:: All trademarks, logos, and copyrights are property of their respective owners. Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring. The 4-pin cable can be routed the same way because that socket is right next to the main ATX one.


ABIT AN7 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 Ultra 400

However, if ablt look at the two boards side by side, we can see quite a few differences which add up to the AN7 being more than just an NF7-S v3. This particular cut attracted attention because people thought it may have been accidental or shipping damage, but it seems that all the early boards had an identical cut.

As such, the Socket-A form factor will continue to live on until AMD decides to pull the plug on the aged K7 technology – which is still going pretty strong even by today’s demanding compute intensive environment. However, the trend seems very much towards smaller cases nowadays and I find this layout makes for less cable mess than having them one above the other and horizontal like the NF7-S v2.

Steam names the best-selling games of Not a big thing but it is different. If you want to upgrade your motherboard, without changing the CPU, a nForce2 is just the ticket for most people.

Abit’s AN7 motherboard – The Tech Report – Page 1

The location of capacitors near the socket will also annoy people who ran into problems with the NF7-S, as we did in our WaterChill reviewas they have not been moved or replaced by shorter components. This is sbit welcome change from the earlier motherboard.

The AN7 you have was the first lot of engineering samples. It amazes me that many motherboards still lack this vital overclocking safety-net.

We know this motherboard is nothing new, but we thought it would be good for the sake of the interest of those considering this board. During the course of that test, we decided that the AN7 was interesting enough to deserve a look of its own. Normally I don’t use the adjacent PCI slot, so 5 slots is sufficient for most uses. CuttinHobo I heard he prefers to be called a Seth Lord In a small tower this can make installing or removing a CPU cooler which attaches to the socket lugs very fiddly.

Wondering what caught our eye? Arpanet Designer Larry Roberts Dies at Hopefully this will be corrected in future revisions. With ABIT’s brand being synonymous with the overclocking community everywhere in the world, it was much welcomed as the motherboard of choice especially in a competition where even a tiny 1MHz gained at the core or memory clock could mean an immediate lead in the contest.


From memory the first manufacturer to provide such a diagnostic display was MSI, and recent EPoX boards have had them too. The cut on AN7 has no effect to the board so won’t effect your review. There is protective film covering the 2 sides of the CPU holder.

Motherboard: Abit AN7 uGuru Review :: The Features ::

Please visit HWZ for the latest reviews and news. Fortunately I was suspicious about the need to change the layout of this jumper-block from the NF7-S, so checked the AN7’s manual and found that the pins were mislabelled on the board. To my mind this is not such a big deal.

Therefore, we picked out the ABIT AN7 and decided to have it featured in our reviews section today aren’t you tired of all the new things you read today that you can’t even buy? You can avit in the picture below that it seems to indicate the bottom left two pins are for Power-On, when in fact it is the top-right two pins of the leftmost block, above the two marked RST, the same as on the NF7-S.

They can be handy for troubleshooting booting problems, but I found the two most common error codes I received during overclocking testing were not listed in the manual. How to Guides Interviews Tech-planations. The BIOS chip is socketed on both boards so it can be changed in case of disaster.

Of course dual channel memory needs 2 sticks of the same memory paired in 2 DIMMs, but there really isn’t much difference between single channel and dual channel memory performance on a nForce2 Ultra motherboard.

Note that the NorthBridge cooler is on a 3-pin connector now, which means an77 can be monitored and have its speed controlled by the BIOS or software. Of course, taking advantage of that potential requires the right equipment, and that starts with the motherboard. A few extra notables will make overclockers happy, such as the wide variety of bus dividers and the extremely large range in CPU voltage which tops out at 2.