Our first impression of the ASUS A7V8X was very good. We were pleased to see so many interesting integrated features like Serial ATA RAID and Gigabit Ethernet for one of the first KT400 motherboards on the market. The combination of these features and ASUS's positive reputation for reliable motherboards left a good taste in our mouths.
Once we started testing the A7V8X we started to see that, for the most part, the motherboard lived up to our expectations. However, clearly DDR400 performance isn't all that exciting; in fact, it falls behind its own DDR333 performance numbers in addition to other DD333-powered boards. Perhaps this explains the underperformance of VIA's P4PB 400 (P4X400) Pentium 4 motherboard.
However, the ASUS A7V8X is clearly a solid DDR333 board; we were able to run all of our stress tests and benchmarks perfectly at the aggressive settings such as CAS2, Turbo mode, Command Rate 1T, etc. DDR400 stability at default timings (one bank) was solid as well, but this is clearly at the expense of performance (a minor loss in performance). We did encounter severe POST issues with this motherboard, but this was apparently due to a faulty BIOS. Once we updated to the latest BIOS, all POST problems were cured, and we were able to run all stress, overclocking, and benchmark tests.
Review : ASUS A7V8X
Posted on Friday, Sep 06 2002 @ 19:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Op AnandTech is een review te vinden van Asus's A7V8X, een moederbord voor AMD's Athlon XP :