Asus A7V 266-E
Reviewed by: RockBoy
Manufactured by: ASUStek
Supplied by: Tastech
Date Reviewed: 10/12/2001
The use of the KT266 chipset from VIA was a short lived affair and
it is only now, a few months after VIA released reference boards of
the new and improved KT266a that we start to see it readily available.
The Epox boards have been here in New Zealand for a while now, but
two of the major player Asus and Abit have not had boards on the shelf.
According to VIA the upgrade from KT266 to KT266a was simply a plug
and pray replacement but it would seem that both Asus and Abit have
taken this opportunity to revise their respective boards.
Unfortunately we do not have the new abit board in the Lab so this review is based
on what the Asus A7V266-E has to offer as far as features as well as overclocking
ability, also please bare with us as this is the first board to enter the Lab
we have nothing to compare it against but, when the KR7 arrives we will being
doing a direct comparison that is a promise!!
What is in the Box!
The box comes with some nice stuff the contents of which are listed below
1 x DMA66 IDE ribbon
1 x Standard IDE ribbon
1 x Floppy drive cable
1 x USB expansion card and cable to allow the addition of two extra
1 x Manual
1 x Quick Setup guide (outlining the installation procedure)
1 x Quick reference guide to cross refernce quick setup guide
3 x Spare jumpers
1 x Silver "powered by ASUS" case sticker
1 x Driver CD
Asus Probe 2.15
VIA 4 in 1 drivers v.4.33
PC-cillin v 7.61 anti-virus software
Asus Update (windows based bios flashing utility)
Asus Screen saver (which is blatant advertising for the A1 notebook)
Adobe Acrobat reader 5.0
Oh and there is a motherboard in there somewhere as well ;)
As you can see ASUS maintains its extremely high standards as far as what you
get for your money.