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Asus A7V266-E in review: VIA KT266A part two

Asus A7V266-E in review: VIA KT266A part two

Foreword

Asus A7V266-E

Almost three months ago we had a similar duel as part of our mainboard tests tseries. The EPoX 8KHA with VIA KT266 chipset had only recently disappeared from the computer, and the Asus A7V266 (also with KT266) was already preparing to surpass the already very good values ​​of the 8KHA. And with a convincing consistency it pushed itself ahead of the competition in almost every benchmark.

Now EPoX has again presented an impressive performance in the form of the 8KHA successor 8KHA + with VIA KT266 A chipset. In our review we wanted to find out whether the A7V266-E, the official successor of the A7V266, can once again shine according to the motto 'who laughs last, laughs best'. Our thanks go to Asus for promptly providing the test sample, an A7V266-E with Promise ATA100/Raid controller.

We will not go into the chipset again at this point. The review of the EPoX 8KHA + should contain sufficient information on this.

Scope of deliveryand documentation

So far we have never really had anything to complain about with the scope of delivery of an Asus board and this time, too, the box of the A7V266-E is next to the two EIDE cables (praiseworthy: 2x ATA66/100) Floppy cable, an additional USB slot bracket, the driver CD and two manuals. In addition to the unfortunately somewhat outdated VIA 4in1 drivers of version 4.33 (as in the 8KHA + test, we used version 4.34), the driver CD includes the driver for the Promise ATA100 raid controller, PC-Cillin 2000 (XP capable) and the Well-known Asus package from PC Probe, Asus Update and the Smart Card Reader driver. At first glance, the only thing that surprised us was the existence of two manuals ...

Asus A7V266-E

'Did Asus hear our request?', it shot us shortly after inspecting the mainboard box Head. In addition to the typical, very extensive and informative English manual, the box also includes the so-called 'Quick Setup Guide' for the first time, which, in addition to a whole range of other languages, covers the most important steps of the installation in German. An enclosed 'Quick Reference Card' also helps to locate the components described in the Quick Guide on the board and to carry out the cabling. The installation of the software and further information on the board and Promise RAID controller are still only available in English, albeit in a very detailed and clear manner. Overall, however, a first step to help people who do not speak English to set up the circuit board and it is certainly worth emulating.

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