DDR400 for Athlon: A Comparison of 9 Motherboards

Gigabyte GA-7VAXP

Board revision: 1.0

BIOS version: F4M (August 22, 2002)

The 7VAXP joins the ranks of Gigabyte motherboards that are similarly well-equipped (8IEXP, 8IGXP...). This one includes the following: five PCI slots; three DIMM sockets; a sound system with AC97 Codec (ALC650 from Realtek); FireWire controller from VIA; a total of six USB 2.0 ports; a RAID controller (Promise PDC20276); a network controller (Realtek RTL8100BL); DualBIOS; and an I/O module that can be used to hook up Memory Stick or smart card readers.

The memory timing can't be adjusted, only "Top Performance."

Three 80-pin IDE ribbon cables come with it; a floppy cable is included as well. Also seen on the picture is the ATX panel required for the correct installation of this board.

Gigabyte also throws in two bulky adapter modules. The upper one offers four additional USB 2.0 ports; the lower one, three IEEE1394/ FireWire ports. Though the jacks of the USB and FireWire ports are mechanically identical, their colors match those of the male connectors. Mixing these up should therefore not be an issue.