Out attention is immediately drawn to the number of jumpers and dip-switches on the board, something we are seeing less of these days. We liked the use of the C-Media sound chip, we also appreciated the quality of the manual and general appearance of the package. And there you have it. As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.

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We’re using Xmpeg 2. So far we’ve seen the Asus put up a commendable performance in our benchmarks, let’s now focus on gaming and see if it continues to do so.

Simply unplug the memory and away you go. Our strict timings and use of the performance-enhancing 1T command certainly pay dividends here.

ASUS A7V266-C – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A

And there you have it. While most of the KTA and KT chipset based boards have an active cooling setup, the board supplied to us only had the small green audioo coolers that we see on older style BX boards. Impressive results all-round Let’s pay a visit to page 1 of our benchmarker’s Bible and try the old favourite that is Quake 3. We see the standard PCI slots 5, 32bit, 33Mhz flanked by a rather oddly placed floppy port. On-board sound is having something of a renaissance of late.


Everything is stowed away neatly.

We also disliked the inability to be able to turn the RAID controller off, this increased auvio boot up times by at least 10 seconds. We see three DDR banks that are thoughtfully placed. Let’s have a look at the DRAM timings available. The bulk of Asus’ revenue is accrued from the OEM channel.

The layout of the board is generally good with the exception of an oddly placed floppy drive port. Another fan header sits just to the right of the floppy port.

Review: Asus A7VE RAID Motherboard – Mainboard –

Perhaps we’re being a bit over-critical, but we’ve seen some truly excellent motherboards come through the door recently. Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic.

We’ve found this combination to be the most stable in our stress tests. 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.

ASUS A7V266 KT266 Motherboard

Our visual preferences were xx32 Normal settings. We’d much rather see the floppy port grouped with the other IDE ports. It’s well presented, has a multitude of features and is a champion in the stability stakes. We feel that Asus have done a pretty good job with the A7VE.


A7VC | ASUS Global

We had to manually set the DDR voltage to 2. The very top bank of switches controls audko CPU multiplier when set to jumper mode. We know that many of our readers are interested in SETI.

However, even when set to jumper-free, you still have to manually change the DDR voltage by jumpers. Shifting xudio amounts of data from system memory to processor is the name of the game here, Let’s see how they compare when racing to calculate Pi to 10 million decimal places.

This boded well for our overclocking efforts. Benchmarks Our trusty synthetic friend, SiSoft Sandra, leads the way. However, the MSI, running with asynchronous memory, puts a little distance between itself and the Asus. Using slightly stricter settings resulted in failed boot-ups.

In all, this could be the most versatile software slot available. FSB adjustment can be made in 1Mhz increments from – Mhz respectively. This sound chip capable of 5.

It appears so, the Asus can’t quite catch the MSI at default speeds but naturally edges audoi at overclocked speeds.