InnoDB BD-7300 D in the test: Market entry with VIA KT266A

InnoDB BD-7300 D in the test: Market entry with VIA KT266A


What about the overclocking capabilities of the BD-7300D? Upon closer inspection, the board ultimately offers the usual repertoire of setting variety and range. The multiplier is selected from 5.5 - 14.0 using a five-element DipSwitch, the VCore can be set both on the circuit board using a switch and in the BIOS from 1.0V in steps of 0.025V up to 1.850V. Jumpers also enable the VDimm (2.5-2.7V) and even the AGP voltage (1.5V-1.7V) to be changed. A third DipSwitch is responsible for adjusting the front-side bus. Here the user has to choose from the five basic settings 100, 120, 133, 140 and 150MHz. The BIOS can then be adjusted in 1Mhz steps up to a theoretical maximum of 200Mhz. The BD-7300D's BIOS has a really nice feature - at least we thought. It offers the possibility of 'automatic' overclocking. If you gave your 'ok', the board automatically increases the FSB in 1MHz steps. The warning issued at the same time sounds anything but self-confident. Should the board stillIf you do not restart 'successful' overclocking, the computer must be restarted manually and then reset (CMOS-Clear). The test on the example with our XP1700 + followed. After the front-side bus had risen to 152Mhz, the PC hung up and, how could it be otherwise, could only be revived by a BIOS refresh. Certainly not surprising, as this increase in clock rate meant a new clock rate of 1672Mhz (XP2000 + = 1666MHz). The RAM did not play a role here (both slow and fast timings ended at 152Mhz.), However, the BIOS should not care much about this in the event of a problem. So all in all a nice idea (gimmick), but only those should at least derive real practical benefit from this 'goodie'.

On the other hand, the menu for adjusting the memory settings was once again positive. In addition to four basic settings (normal, fast, faster, fastest), CAS Latency, Burst Lenght, Bank Interleave, Queue Depth and Command Rate can be selected according to your mood.


Von In terms of reliability, the BD-7300D made no mistake. So it could be chased through all benchmarks with the fastest memory timings without grumbling.

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