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Abit NF7-S Motherboard
Abit's Version of the NVIDIA nForce2 Chipset

By, Tom Laverriere
January 7,2003

 

We'll wrap it up with a benchmark round from Unreal Tournament 2003.  We utilized a simple benchmark script that does "Fly By" demos on the Antalus, Asbestos and Citadel levels.  We set the resolution to 640X480, so as to take as much of the workload off the GeForce4 as possible, and place it on CPU and System Bandwidth.

Unreal Tournament 2003
DirectX 8 Gaming Performance

 

Again here we see some pretty impressive numbers.  The Abit NF7S manages to outperform its competitors at the overclocked settings and its easy to see the potential of this board. The bottom line is that we are seeing great performance throughout all of our tests from the Abit NF7S.  To date, this would be my motherboard choice for the nForce2 chipset.

 

Now that the nForce2 is starting to establish itself as the chipset of choice for the Athlon processor, we are seeing the major mainboard manufacturers put out some great products.  From what I have seen so far, I would place the Abit NF7S second to none.  The great feature set, along with its excellent performance is what helps set it apart from the competition.  The overclocker in us was pleased when we entered the BIOS and found so many options to choose from.  Since overclocking results can differ so much from board to board it's nice to see Abit give us the tools for getting consistent results.

Abit NF7-S Analysis:
The Abit NF7-S has been a joy to test.  From its rich feature set, to its exceptional performance, it's hard to find fault with this board.  Although this may seem petty to most, one of my major complaints with all nForce2 boards is the fact they are still only offering one RJ-45 Ethernet port, when the MCP-T Southbridge supports two, making it very easy to share an internet connection amongst multiple PCs.  It would be nice to see a board take advantage of this handy feature.  One more gripe about this board would be that it doesn't offer RAID support for ATA drives.  RAID is only attained when using the SATA interface.  Although we may never see a feature set and bundle as nice as the Chaintech's, Abit has provided us with an all around winner.  We have all most sought after features the nForce2 chipset offers, from AGP 8X to Dual DDR400 support and USB 2.0, there isn't much missing from this board.  And if you're in the market for a great overclocker, look no further than the Abit NF7-S.  The BIOS allows for changes to pretty much every setting from the FSB to the multiplier and all the voltages.  To even supply a chipset voltage change is amazing detail.  When you think of a way to spend your hard earned greenbacks, you want a product that is quality, provides good value, and will take you well into the future.  The Abit NF7-S does it all.

 

  • Great overclocker

  • Fast and stable

  • Good value

  • SATA support and SERILLELTM adapter

  • AGP 8X

  • Supports 333MHz FSB Athlons

  • Onboard audio is excellent

  • Dual DDR400 support

  • USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394

  • No RAID support for ATA devices
  • Second RJ-45 jack missing

We're giving the Abit NF7-S a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...

 

** Update 1/8/2003 **

We're also giving the NF7-S from Abit, our highly coveted Editor's Choice Award, based on it's more competitive price, versus our next favorite board the Asus A7N8X, it's active chipset cooling and slightly more tweakable BIOS voltage settings.  True, the Asus board has Dual Ethernet connectivity but at roughly a $30 price premium for the Deluxe model, that's hard to justify.  Congrats Abit!

 

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