Can you say consistent? We appreciate that little touch. The RAID ports are located above the main IDE ports, we’d wish Asus would differentiate the ports like most other manufacturers do, a completely different colour would have sufficed. The Asus is close but not close enough. I’m sure OEM system builders will be more than happy at the inclusion of this little chip, as it almost precludes the need for a true hardware solution. This boded well for our overclocking efforts.

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The words that spring to this reviewer’s mind are stability, quality and reliability. On-board sound is having something of a renaissance of late.

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Let’s have a look at the specification in a little more detail. The board also has a fail-safe booting mechanism. We see the mark barrier breached once more courtesy of an overclocked XP Through soumd tests we were able to ascertain that SETI is extremely sensitive to memory bandwidth. Will the situation be mirrored in Serious Sam 2?.

We had to manually set the DDR voltage to 2. That’s not to say that Asus have not been busy in the retail channel, just one look at their extensive product catalogue informs you of that. The bulk of Asus’ revenue is accrued from the OEM channel. One interesting thing to note is that Asus seem to over-supply actual voltage.


The software package, although not as impressive as some we’ve seen, is more than adequate. The layout of the board is generally good with the exception of an w7v266 placed floppy drive port. We feel that Asus have done a pretty good job with the A7VE.

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The Asus at Mhz takes an expected lead in this test. We’ve found this combination to be the most stable in our stress tests. Will the trend that we’ve observed so far continue here? If, for any reason, you cannot load Windows and have to switch the machine off, it will then next restart by automatically clearing CMOS by itself, thereby ensuring that BIOS defaults are loaded.

The Asus is almost unique in that it offers both jumper and jumper-free modes of operation. Asus also show the relative running speed of the PCI bus. The board satisfies it’s probable OEM target market pretty well. Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test.

The very top bank of switches controls the CPU multiplier when set to jumper mode. Everything is stowed away neatly. However, the MSI, running with asynchronous memory, puts a little distance between itself and the Asus.


MP3 encoding is something that I regularly do, anything that saves time in that process is most welcome. Asus, like most other manufacturers, simply replaced their KT offering by substituting the more efficient KTA North bridge in place of the older KT North bridge chipset.

This feature is quite handy if you push the board too far. Top marks to Asus for once again producing an impeccably behaving motherboard. We found it difficult to tell the difference between this and our Sonic Fury, praise indeed for the on-board solution. We would also like to see a completely jumper-free mode in BIOS.

By reducing the multiplier to 8x, we were able to hit a stable FSB of Mhz. Simply unplug the memory and away you go. Some users abhor rotated sockets and some like them, I fall into the latter camp as it allows me comfortably attach and remove my heatsink from the motherboard without having to remove it from the case.

We weren’t surprised to see the board soldiering on even after extended abuse.