The A7V is a well made board with an unusual addition not found on many motherboards. The graph below shows how the testing went. At first, I thought there might be a problem, but it eventually booted normally. On our first trip to Taipei, Taiwan for this year’s Computex , we were amazed at the respect ASUS was given, even by competing motherboard manufacturers. Having components in the way makes getting to the clips difficult. So you need to do all the settings for overclocking with the DIP switches on the board.

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As we continue the comparison qsus the KT7-RAID, the heatsink on the VIA North Bridge isn’t actively cooled like that on the ABIT board, which is fine, since we saw no need for it, at the same time, there is no thermal compound placed between the North Bridge and the heatsink itself to aid in transferring heat.

The asux of an upgradeable VRM module had come to mind upon first asua the A7V, especially with the power needs of the higher clocked Socket-A processors rising dramatically. For more information on the Windows shutdown bug, go here. And while the A7V has 4 built-in fan connectors, none of them is located near the bottom of the board for the front case fan.

The A7V is a well made board with an unusual addition not found on many motherboards.

This alarm can be disabled in the BIOS, but the warning alarm should have been pre-set above 3. Any company can copy a reference design; a good manufacturer improves upon it. After a bit of asuus around with ways to lessen their involvement with the production of the K7M, ASUS eventually rose to the point where they came out and fully supported the motherboard.


The board has the 5 PCI plus 1 audio modem riser configuration of a7b slots, rather than the preferred 6 PCI slot layout.

Another example of the ASUS standard would be their K7M, quite possibly the most highly asuw motherboard for the Athlon processor. I tested the A7V revision 1.

ASUS A7V, Slot A, AMD (A7V/550/WOA/5P-UAY) Motherboard

Here’s what Asus has to say about the A7V: We were able to run the MHz T-bird at 9. There are just two solder joints on the board, and you need to find a U-shaped piece of metal which you can use to short out those two solder joints.

This is the longest boot time we have ever recorded for an IDE motherboard. There are a few design goof-ups in my opinion, but overall, the A7V is a good socket-A motherboard. ASUS has attained this high level of respect by consistently delivering some of the most reliable, high performing and flexible motherboard designs we have ever seen. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. On first bootup, I was very surprised by the length of time required for the system to boot. It also sports an AGP-Pro slot.

An instant asuus in our eyes, the CUSL2 took the same chipset that every other motherboard manufacturer was equipped with, and managed to produce a motherboard that was more impressive than any other design based on that chipset. I increased the bus frequency in the BIOS in steps, to see how far it would overclock before failing. Except for the potential risk when clamping the heat sink clips, installation was easy.


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The graph below shows how the testing went. Overclocking the A7V is easy due to the jumper-less design, and the board is quite stable at overclocked speeds.

We have yet to see ASUS do something that didn’t have a very good reason behind it, so we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their engineers know what they’re doing. The lack of a convenient way of clearing the CMOS can be frustrating if you are overclocking the system.

I’m much more interested in things like layout of components, selection of features, ease of installation and setup, and especially stability. The A7V is a full-sized ATX motherboard, so make sure the case you are using will take a full-size board. Up to 7 USB Ports max. Asus outdid themselves when they decided to add the ability to change the CPU multiplier setting on the A7V.

Shutdown times were another story altogether. Unlike other markets that we are report on, there seems to be much less bashing of competing companies in the motherboard industry, and more competition based solely on the merits of a company’s products. I used the Detonator-2 5. Having components in the way makes getting to the clips difficult.