..:: Introduction ::..
With every Gigabyte motherboard that has previously entered the MBReview testing labs, each one has always walked away as a proven winner. Gigabyte was not purely known for breakaway performance in the past, but they sure have put the petal to the metal lately while still pleasing the enthusiast crowd with a full fledged product package at just the right price.
This time around, Gigabyte is one of the first manufacturers out of the gate with a VIA KT600 chipset based motherboard. In fact, they have no less than three versions in their product lineup with this chipset. The one we will be looking at today is the budget 7VT600-L and has integrated LAN.
Will the Gigabyte 7VT600-L be a flop? How much performance will you get from a KT600 motherboard over previous VIA chipset based motherboards? Is it worth your time to upgrade and spend hard earned money? These questions and many more will be answered for you in our review of the Gigabyte 7VT600-L.
..:: Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L Specifications ::..
- Socket A for AMD Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron
- 400/333/266/200MHz FSB
- VIA KT600 Northbridge
- VIA VT8237 Southbridge
- Realtek RTL8101L 10/100 Mbps LAN
- Realtek ALC655 6-channel Audio CODEC
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports (VT8237 built-in)
- 3 x DDR DIMM Sockets
- Max. 3GB unbuffered PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600
- 1 x AGP 8X
- 5 x PCI
- 2 x UDMA/133/100/66
- 1 x FDD
- STR (Suspend to RAM)
- Thermal Shutdown Protection
- Front panel audio connector
Back Panel I/O Ports
- 1 x Parallel, 1 x Serial
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x Audio I/O (Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
- 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ-45 Port
- 2Mb Flash ROM, Award BIOS
- Q-Flash and @BIOS Update Methods
- CPU/AGP/DDR Voltage Adjustments
- CPU/AGP/DDR/PCI Clock Adjustments