KX7333-R (VIA KT333 CE)
: Martyn Date : 19th
3DVelocity wish to thank ABIT and especially Lester
for providing this motherboard for our review.
Part One: Introduction
Abit have received great reports from every
possible review medium, their innovation and quality is
well known throughout the industry. But the important
factor here is that unlike some whom have released an
exceptional product, they certainly don' t rest upon their
laurels, Abit are constantly producing better and better
designs for all their exceptional products. This innovation
was showcased best by the release of their recent 'MAX'
series, a design which threw the standard mainboard design
away and embraced future technologies like Firewire and
USB. These boards, namely the AMD based AT7 and the Intel
based IT7, have been accepted as a truly great boards
by many yet there are those who prefer to hold the onslaught
of technology for just a little longer. Perhaps you have
an excellent printer that still requires a parallel port
but still wish to use the latest chipset from VIA, Abit
even have a solution for that: the legacy friendly KX7333-R.
Don't throw those ps2 keyboards and mice away just yet...
this could be one board you really should own!
Part Two: Back To The Future?
The KX7333 sports VIA's newest AMD chipset,
the KT333. Not only that but the stepping is the 'CE'
version of the chip, widely regarded by many as the 'A'
version of this generation.
We therefore have a motherboard built around
a new chipset while retaining other traditional features.
Other manufactures haven't strayed from the traditional
layout as yet so Abit's innovation is once more clear
to see. This board seems based upon older designs but
in truth had Abit held back on the release of the MAX
range our mindset would be very different, this board
would be familiar and usual, alas since Abit's push toward
the future, it's seems outdated. Maybe that's just
because I threw out the PS2 keyboard recently...
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