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Anonymous
03-14-2002, 10:20 PM
I apologise for the inappropriate placement of this motherboard question, however you guys seem to know what you are on about. so just a quick question.

What motherboard should I buy:
1. ABIT KR7A VIA KT266A
2. ASUS A7V266-E
3. MSI K7T266 Pro 2



Cheers
Aaron

Darthtanion
03-14-2002, 10:22 PM
Would you consider EPoX or Shuttle? They make very good boards as well and are competitively priced.

**Moving thread to Motherboard header**

Mr.Tweak
03-14-2002, 10:24 PM
I apologise for the inappropriate placement of this motherboard question, however you guys seem to know what you are on about. so just a quick question.

What motherboard should I buy:
1. ABIT KR7A VIA KT266A
2. ASUS A7V266-E
3. MSI K7T266 Pro 2



Cheers
Aaron

Tough question. I'd imagine these would be the top performing boards on the market in that particular area. Check out the features, PCB coloring and see what board appeals to you the most. If it were me, I would probably choose the Abit board. because I have always liked Abit boards for their general performance.

Mr.Tweak
03-14-2002, 10:24 PM
Would you consider EPoX or Shuttle? They make very good boards as well and are competitively priced.

**Moving thread to Motherboard header**

Oops, missed them in my previous post, and probably others as well.

Shepps
03-16-2002, 08:52 PM
soltek soltek soltek soltek soltek.....if i had ne money i would get a soltek sl 75DRV5 (i thinks that the newest one) :D

Morgan_Lander
03-19-2002, 10:54 AM
Asus or MSI from my experience. I would avoid Abit like the plague. The day I get a board that's reliable from them is the day hell freezes over. [/rant]

I hear Epox, Iwill and now Soltek are good, but I just can't input any personal experience with them right now.

The only companies I will never buy from again are FIC and Abit. That's all I can say.

tekmachine
03-23-2002, 01:36 AM
Have to agree with those Soltek and Epox boards being great and rock-stable (and competitively priced). Heard great things about Shuttle too, but so far haven't had experience with putting any systems together based on their boards. Reviews are excellent on some of the recent Shuttle boards.

Nick
03-23-2002, 04:51 AM
Ive got a Soltek 75DRV2 (original KT266A board) and it runs hell solid and overclocks well :)
The 75drv4 has ATA133 extra (not sure of anything else) and the 75drv5 is the KT333
Get one if you can, they are cheap :) Less than AUD$200 for the 75DRV4

Albinus
03-23-2002, 10:00 AM
Problem with your poll, there's no 4) option for Other :D

I strongly suggest the AOpen AK77 Pro A, or the AK77 Plus A if you need onboard RAID. I have never had an AOpen board fail on me, and they have (mostly) been very overclockable. Stability is excellent, as AOpen aren't as aggressive when setting their BIOS timings as some other manufacturers.

So please consider the AOpen boards - they have served me well for 4 1/2 years :)

zeradul
03-23-2002, 11:18 PM
AOpen is a corporate partner with Acer... so choose wisely...

Verne
03-24-2002, 04:57 AM
Asus A7V333

Shepps
03-24-2002, 05:01 AM
there is somethin bout the SL75 DRV4 - its purple :D

Albinus
03-24-2002, 12:01 PM
AOpen is a corporate partner with Acer... so choose wisely...


Yes....... I am fully aware that AOpen is part of the Acer group....... your point being? :?:

Morgan_Lander
03-24-2002, 12:34 PM
I've got an AOpen sitting in the machine I'm typing this on. Working great. An older BX Slot 1 is sitting in another machine that for this kid living with us right now. We've had that board for a few years now. Running great too. Okay, ALi chipsets tend to suck, IMO, as well as the branded Acer stuff. However, the AOpen boards have been good to me. Not the super tweaking stuff, but still reliable boards, unlike some other companies I know *cough*

Anonymous
03-25-2002, 03:19 AM
If you don't care about USB 2.0, CPU Overheat Protection (COP), ATA133, etc. ...any of the MBs you mentioned would do nicely.

If however you want USB 2.0 and the rest....take a look at the
Asus A7V333 or the MSI KT3 Ultra ARU.. The GigaByte GA-7VRXP looks great too but it does not reflect COP support.

Good luck on your choice.

CD

Morgan_Lander
03-25-2002, 06:43 AM
That Gigabyte does look very nice I agree.

zeradul
03-25-2002, 10:07 AM
I have never seen one item with the acer logo that was at all reliable, or even somewhat reliable.

trash > Acer

Anonymous
03-25-2002, 10:17 AM
I have never seen one item with the acer logo that was at all reliable, or even somewhat reliable.

trash > Acer


If you have ever had the PLEASURE of using an Acer RA20-P modem then you would be singing Acer's praises - they were a great product :p

Anonymous
03-26-2002, 10:18 AM
Another board to consider if you are on a budget is the ECS K7S5A. It does not overclock to well but it is a solid board with The SIS 735 chipset. Not as fast as the kt266a but like I said its a budget board.

Maxpowers
03-27-2002, 06:48 AM
Asus makes good mobos

Stevizard
03-27-2002, 08:21 AM
You want advice on which motherboard to buy? Well, you told us nothing about yourself . . . what kinds of applications you intend to run. What's good for one person might not be so good for another. Here's why . . .

Office systems: Emphasize stability
Gaming systems: Emphasize performance
Normal home-user systems: Need good stability at a reasonable price.

You seem to be looking at higher priced boards. So, if money doesn't mean anything, then go for a high-end performance board like the Asus A7V333 or the Gigabyte GA-7VRXP.

These are two EXTREMELY good boards. The Asus may cost a little more. I've used AOpen, Asus, and Gigabyte boards. So, I can tell you a little about each.

AOpen - has a decent (not the best but not bad either) board at a decent price. Their manuals are short but very helpful, and the boards are jumperless, so even a novice can handle them (if they read the manual).

Asus - high end boards (usually among the 2 or 3 best) with a high-end price tag. They have excellent documentation and the retail box comes with everything you could want.

Gigabyte - high end boards (usually among the top 3-4) at a slightly lower price than Asus or AOpen. They pack the box full of goodies (like Asus). The overclock utility that they include with their board is nice for overclockers (but they don't tell you what to do with the information it gives, so you better already know. The manuals aren't very good (they omit a lot of info and don't explain anything very well). I just bought a GA-7VRXP and I'm pretty impressed with it. It does seem to have everything an overclocker could want. I'm slowly bumping up the speed of my Athlon 2000+ and so far so good.

Remember, a high-end board means you're going to pay more for high-end memory, a high-end hard drive, and a high-end video card. And, if you want your system to look cool to boot, then you've got to get an Aluminum case with the clear window from Coolerguys.com (I absolutely love mine). Oh yeah, then you need a blue cathode bulb to make your system shine!

Well, I've written a book, so good luck and have fun!

Stevizard

Morgan_Lander
03-28-2002, 03:42 AM
Anyone know about the PCI dividers on that Gigabyte. I haven't really seen any info about it and that's the one thing I'm looking at with that board.