Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L - Page 4

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No matter how many times we stress to manufacturers concerning problematic areas with their motherboard designs, an installed video card in the AGP slot will repeatedly interfere with installing extra memory in the memory banks if the banks are placed too close to the AGP slot. Unfortunately this problem is present on the 7VT600-L motherboard. This design makes it very difficult to perform a memory upgrade which should be the easiest type of upgrade for any computer system. Instead, the user has to uninstall the video card, install the memory module, and then reinstall the video card. In addition, the memory banks on the 7VT600-L are located close to the processor socket towards the center of the motherboard which can easily block all three banks.

Between the motherboard's battery and the floppy connector, here we can find where the clear CMOS jumper would have been located. Instead, Gigabyte chose to supply the 7VT600-L with a BIOS timeout feature. For example, if you choose a setting within the BIOS with an incorrect value for a particular hardware component, the BIOS will determine an appropriate configuration within a twenty second period and then the system will boot correctly.

Moving down the right side of the motherboard, there is a FSB switch located beneath the AGP slot clip. When this switch is set to the off position, the 7VT600-L will automatically determine the default FSB of a 266MHz, 333MHz, or 400MHz DDR FSB processor. When this switch is set to the on position, the motherboard will default the FSB of any AMD processor to 200MHz DDR. Just below the FSB switch is the new VIA VT8237 southbridge, although the 7VT600-L does not take advantage of the SATA features that the VT8237 chip is capable of. To the immediate right of the southbridge resides the only additional 3-pin system fan header.

Near the bottom right hand corner of the motherboard, we come across a few more items. You can see that the white colored IDE connector is to the immediate right of the fifth PCI slot. If you happen to use a long PCI card in this slot, it will surely hamper the ability to remove or install an IDE cable. It will also be hard to reach the IDE cable to the top of a case since the IDE connector is located here at the bottom of the board. Under the right side of the green IDE slot we can find two yellow colored USB 2.0 headers to connect four additional USB ports. Just along the bottom edge of the 7VT600-L are the front panel connectors where you will connect the power switch, reset switch and LEDs to the appropriate color coded pins.