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July 31, 2002 5:17:06 PM

my son recently ordered a Asus A7S333 motherboard.

I was wondering if the Biostar M7VKQ-NL is similar to this. Will the chipset work? The Asus was for ddr memory. We need something for sdram.

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August 1, 2002 2:27:22 AM

ECS K7S5A has slots for either kind (2 sets of slots).

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August 2, 2002 3:10:21 AM

which brand is this?
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August 2, 2002 3:23:59 AM

never mind, duhhhh, it's ecs
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August 2, 2002 3:45:46 AM

Sold under the name "Elite Group"

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August 2, 2002 7:11:44 AM

damn ecs mobo
i have one, it sucks.. heat sink fell off and broke the heat sink retention mechanism (fancy name, but just a piece of platic)
never gain!

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August 2, 2002 7:43:01 AM

And you think this is because of the mobo, not because of the guy who had installed the heatsink?????!

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August 4, 2002 3:33:53 AM

you guys have got me confused now! Does this motherboard support 1.4 ghz? What do you think of Biostart?
August 4, 2002 5:51:08 AM

I have the ECS MB Crash mentioned. While it is stable and takes either DDR266 OR PC133 I was a bit bummed that it cannot be overclocked. Duh! I forgot to ask before I got it. It is VERY cheap at about 55 bucks. There is also a version that has onboard sound and a network card built in.
August 4, 2002 9:22:56 AM

It will support the XP series of processors.

Built one myself with an XP1600+ (1400MHz), so don't worry. Make sure you have an adequate power supply for this setup though. About 400W.

<b><font color=blue>~ BIOS SETTINGS: Fast, Hot, Unstable...That ought to work. ~</font color=blue></b> :wink:
August 4, 2002 9:25:45 AM

ECS MB require better components installed. My friend cannot get generic RAM working with this board and it also required a good PSU.
August 4, 2002 3:04:05 PM

Don't get ECS boards. They are cheapest, but not good. ECS mobos will be the best in dreams. Forget about SDRAM. Get a MSI KT3 Ultra (without RAID). It's equipped with VIA KT333 chipset and fast, stable and cheap. RAM compatibility is good and works fine with a 300W power supply unit. It may even work with 250W power supply unit if you use Duron and don't have many IDE devices. You can't use SDRAM is this mobo, but it is the best buy considering price/performance ratio. Get some DDR RAM (PC2100 is enough for Athlon XP and Duron, if you don't overclock) and try to sell your SDRAM.
August 4, 2002 8:10:28 PM

i've got ram memory i can't return so i have to use sdram
August 4, 2002 8:45:52 PM

The K7S5A is a terrific board... if you get a good one. I've put many of them together. Believe it or not, 50% were RMA'd. They have quality control issues over there at ECS. Another thing you have to look out for with these boards is the power supply. These boards are very picky about power supplies. Make sure you have a good quality power supply. Another weird thing I found (and I've contacted ECS about this) was the fact that the onboard LAN does not work properly with an Athlon 900. It seemed to work with XP's but not T-Birds. Weird. Anyway, good luck. You'll need it! :smile:

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August 4, 2002 8:52:30 PM

does you or anyone else on here know much about MSI kt3ultra, asus kt133, microstar k7t266a or pro2? as well as the abit kr7a. Thanks for your wonderful help guys!!!!

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by kuech2 on 08/04/02 04:57 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
August 4, 2002 9:19:52 PM
August 4, 2002 9:24:53 PM

ive also built a couple of computers with the ecs board...so far all working and reliable.

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August 4, 2002 11:22:32 PM

* Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM DIMM --- Does this mean it will take SDRAM?
August 4, 2002 11:55:52 PM

DDR SDRAM and SDRAM are not synonymous. Your SDRAM will not work in a board that only supports DDR SDRAM. That is the beauty of the ECS K7S5A. It supports both. However, you have been warned about this board.

To start press any key. Where's the "any" key? --Homer Simpson.
August 5, 2002 10:27:52 AM

Remember, you can only use one type of RAM or the other, not both at once.

<b><font color=blue>~ BIOS SETTINGS: Fast, Hot, Unstable...That ought to work. ~</font color=blue></b> :wink:
August 5, 2002 12:34:47 PM

The only reason why someone should even suggest the ECS board is due to the fact you're keeping your PC133. I personally think the best cheap board is either an Asus A7N266-VM if you don't care to buy a graphics card or an Abit NV7-133R which has no integrated graphics but does have RAID, USB 2.0 and an optical out for Digital sound. Both boards are under $90 at Newegg. I have not heard of any issues with stability on any nforce based boards (asus, abit, msi). I did however have a difficult time getting the most recent asus board to post... seems as though the manual was incorrect for the FSB/Memory jumpers on the board. I don't know if that's too pricey but I have a hard time suggesting something that's got great potential for the trash bin.

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August 5, 2002 2:39:04 PM

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Many people are going well in my country with MSI KT3 Ultra. MSI is the most common Socket-A motherboard brand here. 95% Athlon boards MSI board. Everyone is satified with MSI boards. One in a thousand uses more thanb 300W power suppy units here. And everyone goes with cheap, no name power suppy units. Still no problems.
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