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Chaintech Apogee 7VJL KT333CE Motherboard
Author : Wayne Date : 16th October 2002

...Product Apogee 7VJL
...Manufacturer Chaintech
...Supplier Chaintech
...Price Approx £75.00 + VAT




Introduction :

If there's one thing VIA's KT400 and the apparent lack of any current AGP 8X performance advantage has taught us it's that there's no compelling reason to turn our backs on the KT333 chipset just yet. The latest batch of KT333 boards are not strictly based on the KT333 chipset at all but are a hybrid featuring the KT333CE North Bridge but pairing it up with the more able VT8235 South Bridge as found on KT400 boards. The VT8235 South Bridge has breathed new life into KT333 and added many of the features that were providing the main thrust for stepping up to KT400, features such as USB 2.0 and 6 channel integrated surround sound.

With so many motherboards on the market most offering performance within a few percentage points of each other the clever buyer wants something out of the ordinary and Chaintech's Apogee 7VJL is certainly that. This is the first Chaintech motherboard I've had a chance to take a look at and if this one's anything to go by I hope it won't be the last. Let's take a run through the specs.


Features :

  • CPU : AMD Socket A
  • System : Frequency FSB 200/266 MHz
  • Chipset : VIA KT333 + VT8235
  • Memory : (3) DDR SDRAM DIMMs (3GB)
  • Form Factor ATX
  • Dimensions 305mm x 230mm
  • One Universal-AGP slot for both 2X/4XAGP (v2.0 compliant)
  • Six 32-Bit PCI slots (v2.2 compliant)
AV Subsystems
  • Video 4XAGP
  • Audio CMedia 8738 6ch / Optional AC'97 Codec
  • Supports AMD Socket A Duron/Athlon/XP CPU
  • System clock supports 200/266 MHz
  • VIA KT333 + VT8235
Main Memory
  • Three 184 pin DDR DIMMs up to 3GB
  • Supports PC1600/2100/2700 DDR SDRAM modules
Expansion Slots
  • One Universal-AGP slot for both 2X/4XAGP (v2.0 compliant)
  • Six 32-Bit PCI slots (v2.2 compliant)
Audio Subsystem
  • Full-duplex operation for simultaneous recording and playback
  • 6 Channel speaker audio supports
  • Embedded 32OHM 5w earphone amplifier
  • Supports MIDI and dual game ports
  • 32 Voice HRTF 3D positional audio, CRL 3D supports MS Direct
  • Sound3D, Aureal A3D and Creative EAX APIs
  • Support SPDIF (optional)
Video Subsystem
  • Video : AGP 4X
UltraDMA IDE Ports
  • Supports two IDE ports up to 4 ATAPI devices
  • Supports PIO Mode 4 up to 16.6MBps, Multi Mode 4 up to
    66MBps, Multi Word Mode 5 up to 100MBps and Multi Word Mode
    6 up to 133MBps with Bus Mastering
  • Bus-Mastering software drivers for all common multi-tasking
    operating systems
Embedded USB Controller
  • Embedded USB1.1/2.0 Controller
  • Three EHCI USB 2.0 Controller support total 6 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports
  • Support USB 2.0 High-Speed Device @480 Mb/s Transfer Rates
On Board Super I/O Controller
  • Two UARTs support serial ports and IR function (up to
    115.2Kbps) for HPSIR and ASKIR
  • One SPP/ECP/EPP parallel port One floppy disk drive connector supports up to 2.88MB
  • Integrates smart card reader function and interface, to be qualified for meeting PC/SC standard
Embedded system monitoring
  • 8 external voltage inputs
  • 2 temperature sensing for CPU and system
  • 2 Fan speed (CPU and system) monitoring with on/off control in
Boot-Block Flash ROM
  • Award system BIOS support PnP, APM, DMI, ACPI, & Multi-device
    booting features
  • Driver CD (Chipset Autodetect)
  • Value Pack 2002
  • Thiz Linux 6.0
  • APOGEE™ Overclocking
Other Feature
  • Three 3x1 pin fan connector
  • Two 5x2 pin USB connectors for front side 4 USB ports
  • 6x1 pin Infrared connector
  • 3x1 pin wake on LAN connector with housing
  • 3x1 pin wake on Modem connector with housing
  • 4x1 pin CD-in connector with 2.54mm pitch housing
  • 4x1 pin Aux-in connector with 2mm pitch housing
  • 4x1 pin Mono-in connector with 2mm pitch housing
  • 5x2 pin SPDIF connector (optional)
  • 4x2 pin woofer/center connector for 6 channel audio
  • 5x2 pin front side audio connector
  • 9x2 pin front panel connector
  • 17x2 pin floppy connector


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