1) I may be purchasing the Abit TH7 II - RAID motherboard for a pentium 4 1.8a northwood processor. My intent is to overclock(of course) and I was wondering what BIOS this motherboard comes equipped with and if I can easily set the FSB in it? In other words, i'm wondering what you guys(fatburger and others come to mind) are using to increase the FSB/vcore of your pentium 4 systems with the Abit TH7 II. If you guys are using a different version BIOS than what comes with the board, which I assume, then could you please put a link to the BIOS you are using here.
2) I plan on purchasing the Abit TH7 II with the integrated IDE RAID for future capabilities. Does this mean that I can use my existing PCI IBM SCSI 40gb 7200rpm drive normally? Basically, i'm asking if I have to utilize the IDE RAID on the motherboard or if I can just use my PCI SCSI IBM drive for now till I decide to upgrade.
3) The pentium 4 (socket 478) 1.8ghz should overclock the same as a pentium 4 1.6ghz (socket 478) with the only difference being that the 1.8 can be overclocked higher than the 1.6, correct?
4) Just to confirm, the Abit T7 II - RAID does in fact lock the AGP and PCI speeds at 66 and 33mhz no matter what the FSB is right?
well the yes the motherboard does keep the agp and the pci bus at 66 and 33 erespective of what FSB the mobo is at. but it seem to have a certain weird bug. it will cold boot sometimes. lessens if the rambus is set to 300 mhz. if i were you and i have a lot of cash , i'd go with the on board raid. with 2 7200 rpm ide hd,it's way way faster than scsi 7200. and double the space too if you use the same size storage.
TH7II - RAID P4 1.6Ghz @ 1.8Ghz, 256MB Radeon 7500 64MB DDR, 2*20Gig hd in raid 0. SB Audigy