This can be helpful when overclocking the AGP slot, for example. For more information on the Windows shutdown bug, go here. The K7M turned out to be the most mature AMD board in a time when finding a solid Athlon motherboard was quite difficult. Log in Don’t have an account? Just to be sure it wasn’t a bad board, I tried a second A7V board, which exhibited the same slow boot behavior. Unlike other markets that we are report on, there seems to be much less bashing of competing companies in the motherboard industry, and more competition based solely on the merits of a company’s products.

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ASUS A7V Socket-A KT133 ATX

I’m much more interested in things like layout of components, selection of features, ease of installation and setup, and especially stability.

The graph below shows how the testing went. The layout of the board is acceptable, but as with most Socket-A motherboards, the placement of components near the catches for the heat sink clips makes attachment of the heat sink a risky endeavor. Overclockers want an easy and quick method of clearing the CMOS, if necessary, and don’t want to hunt around for a bent piece of metal I used tweezers.

The reason it is so bad, is that there is no jumper! Except for the potential risk when clamping the heat sink clips, installation was easy. Getting Athlons and Durons to run stably at MHz is about as good as you can expect. The A7V is a full-sized ATX motherboard, so make sure the case you are using will take a full-size board. After a bit of toying around with ways to lessen their involvement with the production of the K7M, ASUS eventually rose to the point where they came out and fully supported the motherboard.


One slip with a pliers while trying to hook the spring clip on the catch, and you could gouge the motherboard surface.

However, fast shutdown times on new systems can actually be a problem. ASUS has always been one of the most solid and well-respected motherboard manufacturers in the industry. It also sports an AGP-Pro slot. We haven’t seen an immediate need for including thermal compound in this location and it doesn’t affect stability as far as we know, so we didn’t count against ASUS for not including it.

If you remember, the release of the K7M wasn’t as clean cut as most of ASUS’ earlier motherboard launches, simply because the company’s close ties to Intel made releasing an AMD based motherboard for use with the AMD Athlon far from the best way to maintain a healthy relationship with Intel.

But on the A7V, when I moved the jumper from it’s normal position at 3. On first bootup, I was very surprised by the length of time required for the system to boot.

I tested the A7V revision 1. I increased the bus frequency in the BIOS in steps, to see how far it would overclock before failing.

There are just two solder joints on the board, and you need to find a U-shaped piece of metal which you can use to short out those two solder joints. Up to 7 USB Ports max. The w7v problem is, they did not put the options in the BIOS setup.

And while the A7V has 4 built-in fan connectors, none of them is located near the bottom of the board for the front case fan. We also were able to run the Duron at MHz, with a core voltage of 1.

ASUS A7V, Slot A, AMD Motherboard

There is plenty of room to the left and right of the a77v, but the catches for the heat sink are above and below asks socket, where components get in the way. While it is difficult to say exactly why ASUS chose to mount these components vertically, there are a number of possibilities that could hold true. Once again, ASUS was armed with the same chipset as aaus else, but they were simply able to produce a better implementation than the competition.


The thought of an upgradeable VRM module had come to mind upon first seeing the A7V, especially with the power needs of the higher clocked Socket-A processors rising dramatically. We have yet to see ASUS do something that asjs have a very good reason behind it, so we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their engineers know what they’re doing. Having components in the way makes getting to the clips difficult. An instant winner in our eyes, the CUSL2 took the same chipset that every other motherboard manufacturer was equipped with, and managed to produce a motherboard that was more impressive than any other design based on that chipset.

Here’s what Asus has to say about the A7V: The system failed at MHz, and failed again at MHz with the core voltage boosted to 1.

ASUS A7V-E – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

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The long boot time can be frustrating while setting up a system, where frequent reboots are necessary.