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VIA KT400 Based Mainboard Roundup

Street price: $100

ASUS's entry in our roundup is the A7V8X.  This board comes to us with all the BIOS options we would want short of it including ABIT's Soft Menu III.  In addition to this, are optional features such as the Broadcom 10/100/1000 MB Ethernet Controller and Firewire ports that most other KT400 boards don't have.  Let's dive right in with some specs.


  • Processor: Socket A supporting AMD XP/Duron

  • FSB support: 200/266MHz

  • Northbridge: VIA KT400

  • Southbridge: VIA VT8235

  • Memory: Three DIMM slots, official support for DDR333/266/200.  Unofficial support for DDR400. 

  • On board Audio: Realtek 6 Channel CODEC (optional)

  • SPDIF output connector

  • On board LAN: Broadcom 10/100/1000 MB PCI Ethernet controller (optional)

  • Serial ATA: Promise Serial ATA (PDC 20376) controller for two ports SATA 150. (optional)

  • IDE: Duel IDE channels for ATA133

  • Firewire: VIA 1394 controller providing two IEEE 1394 ports.  (optional)

  • Integrated I/O: One floppy connector, six USB 2.0 ports (four external accesses, one internal connection allowing for two additional ports)

  • AGP: One AGP 8X slot

  • PCI: Six PCI slots

  • Form Factor: Standard ATX

What you get:

Inside the package you find the A7V8X board, a combo two port USB 2.0/gameport bracket, digital coaxial I/O for the sound system, IDE ribbon cables; Serial ATA cable, Driver and Utility CD, and TONS of documentation.






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