Chaintech 7VJL KT333 Motherboard Review

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The Chaintech 7VJL Motherboard Review
KT333 and Gold, Lots of Gold

By -Chris Angelini
August 2nd, 2002

Content Creation Winstone 2002
Office Productivity Time

Ziff Davis' latest office productivity application doesn't demonstrate  the same performance disparity that the games did, but it still shows the 7VJL leading the KT333 pack. 

Business Winstone 2001
Office Productivity Time, Again

Business Winstone focuses more on office applications than Content Creation 2002, which involves a lot of data transfer.  Again, Chaintech's 7VJL holds it's ground, besting MSI KT3 and ABIT KX7 boards.

Now, it is entirely possible that Chaintech's 7VJL is simply a faster board than it's established competitors.  That doesn't change the fact that I'm a skeptical guy, though.  It makes relationships a bit tough but is a definite boon to tech journalism.  After re-configuring each board, I used CPUID to measure the default frequency of each processor.  As we previously discussed, the Athlon XP 2100+ has a multiplier of 13x, however, each manufacturer can play with the operating frequency by introducing variations to the front side bus.  For instance, you may think 133MHz equals 133.000MHz, but more often that not, the actual frequency is something like 133.48MHz.  Multiplied 13 times, the extra .48MHz adds up, doesn't it?

Yes, the chart is grossly over-exaggerated, but it illustrates one difference between three motherboards in default form.  With less than a 10MHz difference separating all three test beds, I think it is safe to say that Chaintech's board is a better performer, fair and square but just by a nose.

Chaintech has done quite a job with the 7VJL KT333 motherboard.  If it hadn't done so well in our benchmarks, I may have mocked the flashy gold accents.  Instead, the board has proven itself a hot rod, with good looks to back up aggressive performance.  The CBOX front panel is a welcome addition for those with portable USB devices and the rounded cables are an invaluable way to tidy up your system's innards.  VIA's new 8235 South Bridge with USB 2.0, is icing on the cake.

With an estimated street price of roughly $125.00, the 7VJL isn't inexpensive considering ABIT's KX7-333 can be picked up for under $100.00.  NVIDIA's nForce2 has already been announced and VIA should be unveiling the KT400 in the near future.  Competition is going to get fierce for the KT333 chipset.  If the Athlon XP remains on a 266MHz bus for a while, though, you can be sure the 7VJL will remain a top competitor for a while.  Just be sure the 7VJL's extra features are worth the price premium.  Remember, it's all about the Benjamin's, baby.


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