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weber Jan-03-01 05:20 AM
Larry, After reading your reviews and respecting your opinion on computer products & software,I have a question about Epox m.b.'s and AMD T-Birds.
I am considering upgrading from Asus PA-5 A/B with a AMD K6-3 400 to the AMD 800 t- bird and the ATA66 Epox EP-8TKA+ or the ATA 100 EP-8KTA2 or Gigabyte GA-7ZX-1 ATA66 motherboards. Which board is best? Is there a big differrence between the AMD 750 & 800 T-Birds with speed & relilability? Thank you, Weber
1. RE: Larry, Any problems with Ep-8KTA2 ?
lbyard Jan-03-01 01:57 PM
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We have orders for two 1 GHz T-Bird computers and have ordered two Abit KT7-RAID motherboards to build them. However, we have not used the Abit KT7-RAID motherboard before. If the KT7A (not KT7A-RAID) boards were available, we would have ordered them instead. We have had very good luck with Abit Slot 1 motherboards (and Epox Socket 7 motherboards). I have not benchmarked or used the AMD 750 and 800 T-Birds, but I wouldn’t think there would be a significant perceived difference in speed. Larry
2. RE: Larry, Any problems with Ep-8KTA2 ?
wally2117 Jan-04-01 11:03 PM
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I'm running a Athlon 900 on a Gigabyte MB Dual BIOS utility and I'm very satisfied with it.
3. RE: Larry, Any problems with Ep-8KTA2 ?
morgan_001 Jan-22-01 01:40 AM
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i researched for two months. asus vs abit. both had minor issues but abit won out. i have up and running for 1 month 24/7 abit KT7 (non-raid) without a problem. no problems at startup. raid boards are overkill and could see no reason to install one. my system is blistering fast and beats intel p3 hands down. make sure you get and AMD approved fan. they create alot of heat. mines running at 96 F. not even body temp
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lbyard Jan-22-01 01:24 PM
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I had problem running the latest AOPen CRW1232 CD-RW drive/drivers on the raid IDE interfaces and I have heard that there are problems running other CD drives with the Highpoint 370 controller. So, I moved the CD-RW to a normal IDE interface, where it worked OK, and tried to use the hard disk on the RAID interface for ATA/100. The problem is there just were not enough (well behaved) interrupts, even with IRQ steering, to go around. Or, at least I spent a whole weekend on it and could not get it to work that way. So, I disabled the RAID controller. In short, I agree with your assessment of the RAID version unless one really wants to mirror drives, etc. at the expense of other boards such as sound, or a lot of time juggling IRQs. The KT7A boards are now available and use the VIA KT133A chipset, which puts ATA/100 on the normal IDE interfaces. However, I understand, without doing any benchmarks myself, current ATA/100 drives cannot go faster than an ATA/66 interface. Larry
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