abit NF7-M

..:: Introduction ::..

When we took our first look at the nForce2 chipset, we were very impressed overall with the performance that it provided, along with some of the more unique features it brought to the surface, such as it’s DualDDR technology. At that time, the only motherboards that were available were based off of the SPP Northbridge, however in recent weeks the new IGP Northbridge has made its way onto the market. Today we’ll be taking a look at Abit’s nForce2 IGP offering, the NF7-M. The NF7-S has received a large amount of praise, especially in its later PCB revisions. Will the NF7-M live up to our expectations? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out. First off let’s take a look at the specifications of the board and the product package.

..:: Specifications ::..

Processor

  • AMD Athlon/XP, Duron Socket A Processors
  • Supports up to 333 Front-Side Bus

Chipset

  • Nvidia nForce2 IGP & MCP
  • Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)
  • Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 8X/4X (0.8V/1.5V

Memory

  • Supports 3, 184 -pin DIMM sockets for DDR -SDRAM module
  • Support up to 3GB of Memory
  • Support up to 2 DIMM's DDR 400 memory
  • 128 bit Dual DDR Memory Architecture

Integrated Video (VGA)

  • Integrated GeForce4 MX AGP Graphics

Audio (APU)

  • 6-Channel AC 97 Codec Onboard
  • Professional digital audio interface supports 24-bit S/PDIF Out

Onboard LAN

  • Onboard 10/100MB LAN Physical Layer Interface

Back Panel I/O Connectors

  • PS/2 Mini-Din Mouse & Keyboard Ports
  • RJ45 Connector
  • Two USB2.0 Ports (l header provided for extra 4 USB 2.0 port)
  • One 25-pin D-SUB Female Printer Port
  • One 9-pin D-SUB Male Serial Port
  • One VGA D-SUB Port
  • Game/Midi Port & Audio Jacks

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 32 bit 8X AGP slot
  • 5 x 32 bit PCI slot