ASUS A7V8X-X - Page 4

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Moving on down, between the right side of the PCI slots and right edge of the motherboard, here we will find the VIA VT8235 Southbridge chip. Just below the bottom left corner of the Southbridge lies the battery and the CMOS jumper. This jumper could be hard to reach if you have lengthy PCI cards installed in the third and forth PCI slots. You will also notice a lone capacitor in this open portion of the A7V8X-X motherboard. Be sure not to damage this capacitor as it can easily blend in with the smaller chips if you are looking at the motherboard head on.

Near the bottom right hand corner of the A7V8X-X is the BIOS chip. A closer look at the sticker will reveal that our motherboard was shipped with the 1003 release of the BIOS, although this version was not used during our benchmarking and overclocking tests. The jumper below the BIOS chip is for enabling or disabling the chassis intrusion feature, although I believe most users will ignore this feature. The power switch, reset switch, case speaker and front LED wires will be connected to the pins located in this corner of the motherboard. An extra fan header is also present, along with an integrated green LED. When lit, this LED designates that the computer is either powered on, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode.

Traveling to the left, along the bottom edge of the A7V8X-X near the sixth PCI slot, we will find the blue colored internal USB 2.0 header that will allow you to connect two additional USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports to your computer. The black group of pins above the USB header are provide the necessary cable connections for an external Game/MIDI port. Just above this connector, and to the immediate right of the fifth PCI slot, lies the iTE 8712 Super I/O chip. This chip controls the input and output of data communication of certain ports located on the A7V8X-X.

There are a few more items that we can explain for you as we make our way around to the left edge of the motherboard. The chip that is located in this area near the forth PCI slot is the ADI 1980 audio chip. As you might have guessed, this chip controls the 6-channel audio on our A7V8X-X. Right beside it lies a connector that resembles a USB header, but this connector is actually the MDC header which allows you to connect an optional modem module. Above the MDC header and the two capacitors beside the third PCI slot lies a series of pins and jumpers for you to use audio controls in the front of your PC.