Abit KX7333R Motherboard Review

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The ABIT KX7-333R Motherboard Review
Plain on the Outside, Potent on the Inside

By, Jeff Bouton
June 27, 2002

Benchmarks and Comparisons Continued
Content Creation 2002 & Business Winstone 2001

Content Creation Winstone 2002:

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a benchmarking program that measures a PC's overall performance when running multimedia intensive programs.  Some of the applications it uses to determine a Content Creation 2002 rating are:

  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1

  • Adobe Premiere 6.0

  • Macromedia Director 8.5

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4

  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder

  • Netscape Navigator 6/6.01

  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)

We were a little surprised to see that the scores were virtually a dead heat between the ABIT KX7-333R and the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra.  Even though the Soyo board lagged behind the ABIT board in all three PCMark2002 tests, it managed to equal the performance of the KX7-333R.  We wonder if this will hold true with Business Winstone 2001 as well.

Business Winstone 2001:

Business Winstone is a benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running applications that are commonly found in the everyday workstation environment.  Some of the programs it runs to determine a Business WInstone 2001 rating are:

  • Five Microsoft Office 2000 applications (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)

  • Microsoft Project 98

  • Lotus Notes R5

  • NicoMak WinZip

  • Norton Antivirus

  • Netscape Communicator

Now here we see the KX7-333R maintain top status by slightly more than a point.  Although a point may not look like much, it does factor in as roughly a 2% advantage.


Right from the start, the ABIT KX7-333R impressed us, and continued to do so through out the review process.  ABIT has chosen to forego the expense of building a board that has a colorful PCB and numerous extras, instead focusing on what matters most.  The end result is a well-crafted motherboard of excellent quality that has demonstrated first-class performance in all phases of testing.  The KX7-333R is complimented by one of the most complete BIOSs we've seen on a KT333 system.  With an exceptional collection of settings, the KX7-333R is one of the most tweakable systems around. We feel that the PC enthusiast looking for a high performance board with a lot of potential may find what they are looking for with the KX7-333R.

In closing, we've had virtually nothing negative to say about this motherboard.  The KX7-333R stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun, proving that it has what it takes to be one of the best performing KT333 motherboards on the market today.  We were completely impressed with the entire KX7-333R package, from its features to quality and performance, not only earning itself a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of an 9.5...

but also earning it the Hot Hardware Editors Choice Award for its overall excellence and quality.


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