Asus A7V333 in the test: VIA KT333 in top form

Asus A7V333 in the test: VIA KT333 in top form


Actually, the A7V333 was supposed to be messing with its competition from EPoX and MSI a few days ago, but unfortunately the test sample didn't quite make it into the test. Reason enough to take a closer look at the board in a detailed review. We took a special look at the performance as well as the equipment and, for the first time, the onboard sound. Ultimately, the CPU protection mechanism Asus C.O.P (CPU Overheat Protection) should also show what it can do. At this point, many thanks to Asus for providing us with the 'premium version' of the A7V333.

Storage problems

In our KT333 review , the test subjects caused us some problems in terms of storage choice. And so the first thing to do this time was to find the optimal memory and the fastest stable timing for the benchmark course. In addition to the modules from OCZ , Crucial and Corsair that were used last time, we were also able to rely on in this review Nanya , Kingston and Samsung backgrab.

After we encountered severe stability problems with the preinstalled BIOS revision 1004, the update to version 1007 worked wonders. The board recognized the memory without any problems and ran smoothly with the setting 'by SPD', ie the timings specified by the memory. However, we did not stop at these settings and tried to get the maximum out of each module with a default clock of 166 MHz. The following table provides information about the compatibility of the board with common DDR-RAM modules and the maximum possible timings on the A7V333.

CAS Latency RAS to CAS RAS to Pre. Active Pre. Command Rate Corsair XMS3000 2.0 2 2 5 1T Samsung DDR400 2.0 3 2 5 1T Kingston DDR333 2.0 2 3 5 1T Nanya DDR333 2.0 2 2 5 1T

Both the memory from Corsair and the Nanya Modules could be operated with the fastest timings of 2-2-2-5-1. With Samsung and Kingston, slight compromises had to be made.

We noticed one negative characteristic in our test. If RAM slots 1 and 2 were equipped with memory, the board would not start with a command rate of 1T even with the otherwise slowest timings. If slots 1 and 3 were equipped, this setting worked perfectly.

For the benchmarks, we ultimately decided on the memory from Corsair.

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