Summary: I read alot of reviews before I went out and bought this board. Most of them were good, and I have to say I agree with them. When I bought the board, I got an AMD 1.2Ghz running on a 100Mhz bus. I also needed a new power supply. The first thing to make sure is that you buy a PSU that IS AMD recommended. Because I didnt! I blew four processors before I decided to change the PSU. I even changed the board after the 2nd CPU blew and it still blew the 3rd CPU!
Pros: RAID, Cheap, Layout
Cons: Does not support the 'C' class Athlons running 266Mhz FSB
I think this motherboard was designed by microsoft
13 August 2001
Summary: I purchased this motherboard in November last year, realising that my k6-2-350 and pc chips motherboard just didn’t cut it with the more demanding 3D computer games cropping up. I use my machine mainly for gaming with my choice games being First Person Shooters such as Quake 3 arena and Half Life so an upgrade of motherboard and CPU was needed. I had heard many great reports about the latest Athlon Thunderbird CPUs and they definitely weren’t wrong.
Pros: on board RAID, good layout, good price
Cons: unstable, low front side but speeds, not for the beginner
Summary: I purchased this motherboard 3 months ago and I have to say I thought it was great to start. Excellent bios with loads of options and a quickly had my 850 tbird running at 1050Mhz no problems.Then, as I added in my hardware things took a turn for the worse. I started getting all sorts of compatibility problems with my sound blaster like which i soon found to be very common with other users.
Pros: good bios, onboard raid, lots of expansion
Cons: gives up after 112Mhz fsb, compatibility problems with soundblaster live!, bad north bridge cooling
Summary: Abit has an enviable reputation, especially amongst the over-clocking community, and the KT7A RAID board has all the features to support this status. This Socket A motherboard can use the Athlon and Duron processors, with up to 1.5GB of memory. Abit has attempted to future-proof this board by using a 3-phase power system; basically a set of six transistors that enable a regulated supply to the CPU of up to 46 Amps.
Pros: Easy to Install, Good Quality, Good Performance
Abit KT7-RAID: Some annoyances, but RAID soon makes you forget.
26 February 2001
Summary: I have had one of these little beauties for a month or so now. I can't claim that the initial move to this board was without some swearing and hair-pulling. The jumperfree board, and resulting BIOS CPU setup are good features, and the board layout is nice and clean - no hassles with the memory slots being made unaccessible by the CPU or other cards.
Summary: Don't bother looking at any other m/b if you've got £140 to spend and want the best Socket A m/b on the market. Abit came through with the goods, lots of expansion and futureproofing, AGPx4, lovely Highpoint Raid/ ATA100 controller, even an ISA legacy slot for you old farts with old cards. 3 phase power supply, jumperless design, great Bios and Softmenu III. Solid construction, easy to setup, very fast performance (fastest socket A m/b on market).
Summary: Most of the time upgrading your moherboard and processor involves junkinghalf yhe components in your PC - they're too old, too slow and often just incompatible. Last time around, half of us had to junk our 66mHz memory in favour of PC100 sticks and cough up for a new graphics card. Funnily enough, provided you do have PC100 memory - and if you've got a fast Pentium 2 or slow P3 or Athlon, the chances are you have - you can actully upgrade your motherboard and processor...
Summary: This motherboard in my opinion, is the best possible choice that anyone can make when they are looking for a solution for Socket A Athlon and Duron processors. The great thing about AMD's latest offerings is that people can upgrade from old PII/K6-2/MII systems and get a big speed increase upto Duron machines and then can upgrade safely using the same motherboard and components upto an Athlon.
Pros: great specifications, supports all latest processors, best available chipset, lots of expansion possibilities
Abit KT7-RAID: Taking FSB where no-one has gone before
14 December 2000
Summary: Abit continues to be the one and only when it comes to boards that can overclock today’s processors. The KT7 Raid is no exception, Abit’s famous soft menu III is included and has some pretty impressive features in order to get the most out of your CPU. The Socket A chips have a very high overclocking potential especially the Duron. So this type of motherboard is exactly what you need in order to get it to the top.
Summary: This motherboard is fairly easy to set-up with the manual provided. It has the added bonus of software set-up - no jumpers to fiddle around with :) The RAID system works well, and all the drivers work well too, though I would advise checking the relevant sites to make sure you have the latest drivers. Be aware that you need 2 hard disks as masters, one on each channel - ABit supply you with two cables for this.
Pros: RAID; Softmenu (nop jumpers; good build quality