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Gigabyte renew their SockelA board 7DXR

Gigabyte renew their SockelA board 7DXR

In the general hype about the new chipsets from VIA, SiS and nVidia, it has become quite quiet about the quasi-discontinued AMD760 chipset. Despite all this, Gigabyte is now releasing a new edition of its successful 7DXR board with this very chipset. It goes by the not very original name GA-7DXR +.

As already mentioned, it is still based on the AMD-760 chipset, more precisely its northbridge, is rightly considered to be very reliable. This is coupled with the VIA 686B Southbridge, which offers the already known support for 2 ATA-100 channels, 4x USB 1.1 and the usual other connections. The RAID support, which is also indicated in the name, is this time provided by a Promise Controller of the latest generation, which in addition to the already known properties also offers Ultra ATA-133, and thus the possibility, in addition to the 4 devices on the normal IDE connections, 4 more IDE devices to connect to the board. Furthermore, the cheap AC97 sound was thankfully omitted and the board was given a separate sound chip from Creative Labs, the CT-5880. Of course, the board also supports the new AthlonXP processors up to a QuantiSpeed ​​of initially 2000+ and thus also the new Duron, which is based on the Morgan core. CPU multiplier and power supply will again be adjustable in the Gigabyte-typical dual BIOS. The real highlight, however, is the support of the hitherto little widespread USB 2.0 by means of a separate chip that has not yet been identified. This could be of particular interest to buyers who are hoping for one of the new USB 2.0 scanners from Santa Claus. Otherwise, the board offers well-known and proven, one AGP slot, five PCI slots, the probably inevitable AMR connector, three DIMM sockets for DDR RAM and active Northbridge cooling. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the price yet.