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VIA KT333 Put To The Test: 18 Motherboards Compared

QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A: A Step Up To The Middle Class

The QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A.

Retail package of the QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A.

Even though the packaging of a board doesn't really play an important role in this context, QDI takes a special position. For the first time, a manufacturer offers tasteful retail packaging that is not chock-full of superfluous elements. QDI's message here: we want to take on the end user market by storm! The KuDoz 7E is striking for its good quality, something which is only typical of boards from Siemens. Furthermore, QDI is able to make do with few SMD components, while some of its competitors have to resort to corrective parts. There were no problems during the test - the board ran smoothly. A unique feature with this board is the overclocking tool, which lets you increase the FSB clock via Windows. For those of you who use SmartCard readers, this board is for you - or in any case, this board has an interface for this function. Another interesting feature is a tool that lets you create and display your own startup screens. Overload protection for the AMD Athlon XP is not provided - the temperature readings are made through the usual PTC resistance. In the benchmark results, the QDI ends up in the middle. To sum up, we've determined that QDI has improved considerably, compared to previous tests.

Items included with the QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A.

An interface for a SmartCard reader on the QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A.

A view of the BIOS with the QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A.

A useful function for updating the BIOS for the QDI KuDoz 7E/333-A.