The clip that secures the ATX power connector is also hard to get to for uninstalling it, as it lies directly between a capacitor and the power header for the north bridge heatsink. The KT has not made a good first impression with us. OS installed to C: This problem carried over brands as well, as the Kingston HyperX memory showed the same kind of issues. It is nestled between four capacitors making for a tight squeeze to push the video card lifter.

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It is our view that the KT chipset is still undergoing growing pains. The real reason for this style of fan may lie in marketing appeal and cost.

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All the voltages can be adjusted as well, with the CPU voltage going as high as 2. The green jumpers control front audio connections. The good news is xhipset larger heatsinks can be mounted on the KV7 as evident by the humongous Zalman heatsink.

With smaller spaces comes design challenges. It is also highly recommended that a power supply be used that has this power connection cable.

ABIT KV7 Motherboard Review

To the left of the CPU socket is the actively cooled Northbridge chipset. Unfortunately the KV7 would not run Softimage 2.


One thing for sure about this board; it is small, almost mini-ATX sized. The first oddity is the placement of the heatsink fan header. Void where prohibited by law. On the other hand it is a proprietary piece of hardware compared to chipset coolers which k7 a 40mm or even a 60mm.

What you need it for and how it fits those needs changes with each individual.

The Northbridge HSF unit is held onto the chipset using two spring-loaded pushpins, requiring motherboard removal from the case to remove the unit from the chipset. Quake III high quality.

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SundayAugust 31, The power trunk comes from the PSU and usually loops towards the front of the case then back to the board. Floppy Port supports up to 2. No special BIOS timings were set except for the time and date, boot order and health monitor features or as disclosed.

While this may be the assumption, a second look shows a second a opinion. Despite the small size of the Abit KV7 motherboard, they actually allow for quite a few nice features to be implemented.

Between PCI slot 5 and the left edge of the board sits the floppy drive connector. Rendering, or the task of building and compiling frames, is mainly CPU intensive and After Effects generally bypasses the video card and relies solely on the processor for speed.


There are plenty of memory timing settings as well to adjust in the KV7 bios. Content Creation Winstone Application: ABIT has not forgotten to include four heatsink mounting holes around the chlpset.

The header is placed further away from the socket than in most motherboard designs.

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Some of the other boards we reviewed on the KT chipset had a well-organized, color-coded headers. This content was originally featured on Amdmb. The backplane design is efficient. The CPU socket area itself is free and clear of obstructions on all sides for installation of the biggest HSF units available. A faster and more powerful video card will translate to a smoother interface where complex scenes can be manipulated in real time.

The positioning of this connector can make it a bit tricky to connect your floppy drive up in a mid-sized or full sized case, especially when using smaller floppy cables. Given the self-imposed space constraints, ABIT did a masterful job of component placement on the board, with no crowding in evidence.