DFI AD70SR Motherboard Review

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The DFI AD70-SR Motherboard Review
More KT266A Lovin' In The House!

By, Jeff Bouton
December 6, 2001


 

DFI has been long known for producing quality motherboards with great stability, but they usually lacked any innovative features.  With their latest release, the AD70-SR, DFI hopes to break with tradition.  Incorporating the high performing Via KT266A chipset, on-board RAID and overclocking feautres, the AD70-SR brings a decent amount of muscle to the table.  There is no doubt that the KT266A chipset has been getting a lot of praise these days with its top of the line performance, making it a virtual no-brainer when it comes to deciding which chipset should be in the center of a manufacturer?s AMD based motherboards.  NVIDIA?s nForce is also making waves, but as it stands today, the KT266A is still the top dog. 
 


 

So let's get started and see what the AD70-SR has to offer....

Specifications / Features of the DFI AD70-SR Motherboard
KT266A All The Way..

The Bundle:
 

The bundle we received for review came with 1 - Floppy Cable, 2 - 80-PIN ATA 100 Data Cables, an Owners Manual and a RAID controller Users Guide.  A drivers CD was included that contained the following:  VIA 4 in 1 Drivers, VIA PCI Audio Driver (for SC only), Winbond Hardware Monitor, RAID IDE Driver (for SR only), RAID Monitor Utility, Microsoft DirectX 7, PC-cillin 2000 for Windows and an electronic User's Manual..


After reviewing the contents of the AD70-SR package, we noticed that there was absolutely no documentation in the Users-Guide on proper installation procedures.  We feel that this is a serious omission that can leave the less experienced person in a precarious position without any guidance whatsoever.

Next we'll change our focus to the Quality and Design of the AD70-SR...
 

Quality, BIOS and Overclocking

 
 

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