QDI KinetiZ 7T in the test: Socket A mainboard with VIA KT-133
The board is built according to the ATX specification. There is a lot of space around the socket, so you can also attach larger coolers to the CPU without any problems. Only the “Silver Orb” from Titan caused some difficulties during installation: The capacitors prevented the fan from being correctly attached, but it could be attached correctly with a little pressure. On the North Bridge there is a green heat sink of medium size, which is held in place by a plastic cross brace. It is uncertain whether this will negatively affect the cooling process. The board has 2 COM ports, but the second COM port is attached by means of a slot bracket, whereby the ribbon cable has to be attached to the board, which is inconvenient: between the 2nd and the 3rd PCI slot. When the 2nd slot is occupied, the cable presses slightly against the inserted card, but this is no longer relevant. The power supply for the board is attached in such a way that it does not interfere with or obstruct any other components, which is a great advantage. The 4 USB ports on our test model could only be partially used: The ribbon cable with slot bracket described in the manual was not included in our package. If you take a closer look at the back of the board with the connections, you will notice that there is a hole where the second COM port should actually be. In order to prevent annoying dust from getting into the case through this 'gap', the board is specially designed for the mainboardadjusted flashback at. If you need a second COM port, you can use the bracket already described.
The multiplier for the CPU clock can only be changed directly on the board with a jumper. The multiplier can be set from 5 to 12.5, or simply set to 'AUTO', but the computer will not start if the clock multiplier is not set to the value specified by the manufacturer. The jumper settings for each multiplier are described in great detail in the manual, which almost completely rules out problems with the setting. The CPU host and PCI clock rate can be changed a little easier: You can easily change them in the BIOS. The preset value is 'Default'. The remaining available settings are (FSB/PCI, each in MHz): 100/33, 102/34, 104/35, 106/35, 107/36, 108/36, 109/36, 110/37, 111/37 , 112/37. Then there are settings with FSB clock frequencies from 133 MHz. You can also make further settings for this: 136/34, 140/35, 145/36, 150/38, 155/39, 160/40, 166/42. So there are a lot of possibilities for the overclocker, but unfortunately the important change of the core voltage via jumpers or BIOS is missing.
QDI has come up with a nice, but not particularly useful tool. A logo is displayed instead of the Power On Self Test. In normal condition, a gold medal with the inscription “QDI” is displayed. However, you can also use a small DOS tool to load and display a logo you have created yourself, which is a maximum of 640x480 in size and can have 256 colors. You can also completely deactivate the display of a logo, which is recommended, otherwise you will not be able to see which BIOS version you have, for example, or which drives have been recognized, as the boot logo, as already mentioned, during the power On Self Test is displayed.
The 49-page manual is very clearly laid out. The first chapters describe the installation of the board. The jumper settings are well documented: For each jumper, its position on the board is illustrated with a sketch and all possible settings are described next to it. In the middle of the manual there is a 2-page schematic diagram of the board with all slots, important jumpers and connections. Since the documentation was only included in English, it is overall good, otherwise very good.
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