There is plenty of room to the left and right of the socket, but the catches for the heat sink are above and below the socket, where components get in the way. Log in Don’t have an account? The system failed at MHz, and failed again at MHz with the core voltage boosted to 1. Overclockers want an easy and quick method of clearing the CMOS, if necessary, and don’t want to hunt around for a bent piece of metal I used tweezers. Here’s what Asus has to say about the A7V:

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I began overclocking the T-bird processor with the core voltage set to 1.

Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. An a7g winner in our eyes, the CUSL2 took the same chipset that every other motherboard manufacturer was equipped with, and managed to produce a motherboard that was more impressive than any other design based on that chipset. Up to 7 USB Ports max.

Ass haven’t seen an immediate need for including thermal compound in this location and it doesn’t affect stability as far as we know, so we didn’t count against ASUS for not including it. However, fast shutdown times on new systems can actually be a problem.

ASUS A7V, Slot A, AMD Motherboard

Unlike other markets that we are report on, there seems to be much less bashing of competing companies in the motherboard industry, and more competition based solely on the merits of a company’s products. For more information on the Windows shutdown bug, go here. We also were able to run the Duron at MHz, asu a core voltage of 1.


ASUS has attained this high level of respect by consistently delivering some of the most reliable, high performing and flexible motherboard asue we have ever seen.

I’m much more interested in things like layout of components, selection of features, ease of installation and setup, and especially av. If you remember, the release of the K7M wasn’t as clean cut as most of ASUS’ earlier motherboard z7v, simply because the company’s close ties to Intel made releasing an AMD based motherboard for use with the AMD Athlon far from the best way to maintain a healthy relationship with Intel.

The asks has the 5 PCI plus 1 asks modem riser configuration of peripheral slots, rather than the preferred 6 PCI slot layout. I increased the bus frequency in the BIOS in steps, to see how far it would overclock before failing.

There are just two solder joints on the board, and you need to find a U-shaped piece of metal which you can use to short out those two solder joints. It also sports an AGP-Pro slot. When I review motherboards, I don’t spend much time doing benchmarks, because the benchmarks between motherboards are usually very close.

The graph below shows how the testing went.

Asus A7V – External Reviews

The only problem is, they did not put the options in the BIOS setup. On first bootup, I was very surprised by the length of time required for the system to boot. Just to be sure it wasn’t a bad board, I tried a second A7V board, which exhibited the same slow boot behavior. On our first trip to Taipei, Taiwan for this year’s Computexwe were amazed at the respect ASUS was given, even by competing motherboard manufacturers. The layout of the board is acceptable, but as with most Socket-A motherboards, the placement of components near the catches for the heat sink clips makes attachment of the heat sink a risky endeavor.

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We have yet to see ASUS do something that didn’t have a very good reason behind aasus, so we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their engineers know what they’re doing. It’s not only a pain, it is difficult and downright irritating. It’s an arrangement we think needs reworking. Log in Don’t have an account? Asus A7V Motherboard mini review Dr. Having components in the way makes getting to the clips difficult. Shutdown times av7 another story altogether.


Except for the potential risk when clamping the heat sink clips, installation was easy. One slip with a pliers while trying to hook the spring clip on the catch, and you could gouge the motherboard surface.

Overclockers want an easy and quick method of clearing the CMOS, if necessary, and don’t want to hunt around for a bent piece of metal I used tweezers.

Here’s what Asus has to say about the A7V: The reason it is so bad, is that there is no jumper!

The thought of an upgradeable VRM module had come to mind upon first seeing the A7V, especially with the power needs of the higher clocked Socket-A processors rising dramatically.