After considerable testing, it is quite obvious that the ABIT KV7 is an excellent value motherboard, but nothing more. Considering the formidable tweaker/overclocker friendly BIOS options and onboard Serial ATA, the KV7’s current selling price of $80-$90 at several online vendors is an excellent deal. The main strength of KT600 motherboards in recent months has been their low prices. Paying more than $100 for a KT600 motherboard really isn’t necessary when other great motherboards based on nForce2 chipsets are on the market. So, an $80-$90 motherboard, like the ABIT KV7, should be up anyone’s alley when it comes to a good, cheap enthusiast motherboard.
Still, it’s hard to recommend the KV7 when there are other similarly-priced nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboards available with similar BIOS features, similar onboard features, and most notably, better overclocking ability than the ABIT KV7. These motherboards include Epox’s 8RDA+, Soltek’s NV400-L64 and ABIT’s NF7, among several others. Again, the ABIT NV7 is not a bad buy by any means if you’re an average overclocking enthusiast looking for a good overclock (210MHz FSB or somewhere in those whereabouts). But for performance enthusiasts and extreme overclockers, we still recommend nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboards.
Stay tuned as we take a look at more Socket A motherboards and some next generation AMD products very soon.
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