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metallicat666
07-08-2003, 01:44 AM
i am looking to upgrade my computers motherboard from an ECS K7S5A to an Abit NF7-S v.2.0

any advice about this board would be helpful
does any one know about any problems with this board

Unforgiven{BGF}
07-08-2003, 02:09 AM
You should look for a nForce2 motherboard, like the Abit NF7-S, Epox, Asus 7N8X.

A lot of ppl think the EpoX is the best. Also depends how much are you going to spend, and what do you want (Serial ATA, Onboard Graphics, etc)

Wait until the experts come :thumb:

metallicat666
07-08-2003, 02:17 AM
thanks for the advice
i dont want onboard graphics cos i ve just got a geforce4
SATA would be nice
Definately want onboard sound ( aslong as its good)

Unforgiven{BGF}
07-08-2003, 03:00 AM
Then the nForce2 must have the MCP-T, it provides Serial ATA, FireWire and DolbyDigital 5.1.

Check this roundup:
8-Way nVidia nForce 2 Motherboard Roundup (http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=review&dId=492)

Here is a comparation between the SoundStrom (nForce2' onboard sound, MCP-T only) and others sound solutions:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1169150,00.asp

metallicat666
07-08-2003, 03:16 AM
so i take it the NF7-S has the MCP-T chipset?

Unforgiven{BGF}
07-08-2003, 03:53 AM
Yes the NF7-S has MCP-T.

But because I have not use before the NF7-S I can't recommend you, I'm still waiting for that MB.

The only sure point it that make sure the MB has the MCP-T.

Again there are other options like:
EpoX
Asus
MSI


Wait until someone with more experience read the thread.

GunJacc
07-08-2003, 04:51 AM
Yes the NF7-S and 8rda3+ have MCP-T. and nf7-s has the digital SPDIF sound connection so it's better if you're using more than 5.1 speakers .I think that's the different with 8rda3+ and nf7-s. Not really sure about epox..:rolleyes:

metallicat666
07-08-2003, 05:41 AM
ok thanks guys
ill get the NF7-S

GunJacc
07-08-2003, 08:10 AM
ok thanks guys
ill get the NF7-S

be sure you get the version 2

weta
07-08-2003, 08:28 AM
metallicat666: Great choice, Abit's NF7-S v2.0 is a superb motherboard, just make sure you run it with BIOS v1.6.
One piece of advice, if you intend to overclock it a lot, consider fitting a heatsink to the southbridge chipset.

metallicat666
07-08-2003, 06:59 PM
k ill make sure i get the version 2 board

thanks to all of you for the help:thumb:

weta
07-08-2003, 08:20 PM
Please note the following,

1. Whilst the NF7-S supports SATA, the MCP-T chipset does not. Nvidia are currently perfecting their MCP-S chipset which features integrated SATA support, but don't expect to see it in a retail board for a few months yet.

2. In his eight board round-up, Cameron used the NF7-S v1.0, this has been replaced by the v1.1, v1.2 and now the v2.0 which offers many improvements over the original (reviewed) one.

Unforgiven{BGF}
07-10-2003, 01:58 AM
I'm sorry, weta have all the reason, the SATA is provided by a "external" chip (SiliconImage, Promise)


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