The first board coming on the new VIA's chipset is rich in various controllers, and some of them embody new standards.
The layout is typical: connectors along the left edge are placed inconveniently, audio-ins are in front of the PCI slots, and when a video card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules. It can be difficult as well to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions are shown on the textolite.
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 6 capacitors of 3300 uF and 4 of 1200 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
Thanks to the ITE IT8708F-A I/O controller the board supports (and have a connector) a reader for smart cards.
The board incorporates ASUS Multi-Language BIOS, ASUS POST Reporter (reports about problems during booting), ASUS MyLogo2 (for displaying your images when the system boots), ASUS C.O.P. (to protect the processor from overheating), ASUS Q-Fan (auto fan speed control) and ASUS EZ Flash BIOS (for flashing a new BIOS version without booting the system from a diskette).
+5 V supplied in the StandBy mode is indicated with the green LED, and when a 3.3V card is inserted into the AGP slot you will see the red LED going on which means that the card is incompatible (it's impossible to turn on the computer even with the Power button).
Non-unsoldered connectors: none.
The system monitoring is supported by the ASUS ASB100-A Bach chip. What is controlled:
There are 3 connectors for adjustable connection of fans.
Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0 / 2 IEEE1394 (the controller supports up to 3 ports); dimensions - 305x245 mm.
can be carried out with:
We used the latest available version of the BIOS - BIOS 1004.
I think most top models from different manufacturers will look like this one - it doesn't have such a conceptual design like the MAX series of ABIT, but at the same time the A7V8X opens the door to the future with its new technologies.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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