ABIT Introduces KA7,
Taiwan, R.O.C. March 24th 2000—Unveiling a whole new level of quality and sophistication for
the Athlon platform, ABIT has released their long awaited Slot A board,
the KA7. This board is designed to support AMD-K7 Athlon Slot A 200MHz FSB Processors using the VIA VT8371(KX133)
/VIA 686A chipset. It also supports all normal industry standard functions
for motherboards such as Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface
(ACPI). AGP 2X/4X and 100/133MHz SDRAM Memory Bus Settings. The KA7 uses
four 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting PC100/PC133 SDRAM modules up to 2
Gigabytes MAX. (8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB SDRAM). In addition ABIT
has added a new level of stability and performance with their famous 6
chip Data Buffer Set with ECC support.
Chip Data Buffer
With systems now at the 133MHz external clock speed, the circuitry design is crucial, especially concerning the SDRAM. Signal bandwidth and length need to be adjusted accordingly. One slight mistake could cause an error, so a high speed data buffer chipset called the Data Switch was developed to guarantee the proper RAM stability at 100MHz and 133MHz when using 4 DIMMs.
The chips act as buffers to increase the stability and data integrity when using all 4 DIMM slots. It is recommended highly to prevent system crashes when using 8 banks of memory. Since this data buffer is not required, but only recommended you will not find it on most of other motherboards with 4 DIMM slots.
has included the data buffer with the KA7 for an added level of stability
and performance. “When it comes to system crashes we don’t think you
should gamble and reliability is our primary concern at ABIT.” Says ABIT’s
you might find some of the features you want in some Athlon boards, only
ABIT has Soft Menu™, and now only to be found on the new KA7, there is
the newly designed SoftMenu™ III for the Athlon platform. The KA7’s SoftMenu™
III has some
special added features and functions that will allow the maximum performance
and enhancement tweaks specifically for Athlon based CPUs, like FSB settings
from 100MHz to 183MHz in increments of 1, (84 settings). In addition to
Technology the System BIOS features and supports Award
Plug and Play BIOS, Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS and
is of course Year 2000 Compliant.
KA7 has on board Bus Master IDE
Ports supporting UDMA 33/66 as well as 6 PCI slots and 1 ISA slot
for maximum upgradability, most other boards only have 5 PCI, but ABIT
has added an extra PCI slot making the KA7 the most expandable and upgradeable
board in its class. In addition to the normal serial and parallel ports
the KA7 has 2 USB ports PLUS an extra header for 2 extra USB channels.
ABIT KA7 Special Features:
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