February 1st, 2002, 07:49 PM #1
What's the best Athlon motherboard for $100?
I have decided to buy an athlon motherboard. What is the absolute best motherboard I can get for about $100?
February 1st, 2002, 07:52 PM #2
the epox 8kha+ is still a popular (and good) board... and you can get it for under $100 at newegg...
February 1st, 2002, 07:57 PM #3
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Okay... but what's the best AMD socket A mobo, without considering price? I've got the 8KHA+, and I like it alright... but I've been hearing quite a few issues about 'em, and now mine's off on an RMA journey after being in use about 2 months. I have no idea what's wrong with it either.
February 1st, 2002, 08:08 PM #4
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the EPoX 8KHA+ or 8KHAL. i saw a post over at Doc's Deal on the 8KHA+ for about $89.
the 8KHAL has all the bells and whistles that the 8KHA+ has except the Vdimm, Vcore, multiplier, and FSB jumpers are on the board and not in the bios. Great for those who don't play around with overclocking all that much. it should be cheaper than the 8KHA+ as well.
February 1st, 2002, 08:08 PM #5
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The Soltek 75-DRV2 recieved great overclocking ratings from Tom's Hardware. See the article here. There is also a newer 75-DRV4 which is what I bought. I found it at MSIRCorps.com for $119. It has some great features, and supports PC2100 DDR, ATA66/100/133, USB, 4x AGP, uses the VIA KT266A chipset, and has tons of overclocking features. Plus, it's an awesome price.
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February 1st, 2002, 10:12 PM #6
If you're looking for an SDRAM motherboard, probably the best ever built is the IwillKK266 or IwillKK266Plus. Excellent reviews all over the Net. Incredibly stable. The Plus comes with superior onboard audio. I've used both boards.
If you're looking for a DDR mobo, check out the Iwill XP333 (Non-Raid or Raid version). I'm presently running an XP 1900+ with 512MB PC2700 DDR on an XP333-R. Not a problem. I run it 24/7 crunching UD. Another very stable board, Iwill's trademark.
All of the above boards can be purchased for apprx'ly $100.00.
February 1st, 2002, 10:15 PM #7
Get the Epox 8KHA+ if you are a tweaker ... nice bang for the buck .. with great stability and performance ...
If you want other board, make sure it uses the KT 266A VIA chip ...
February 1st, 2002, 10:23 PM #8
SOYO K7V DRAGON+ Plus
AMD Socket-A XP, Athlon & Duron CPUs (1.9 GHz ready). 200/266 MHz FSB
RAID controller on board
Audio on board, with 6-chanel Hardware Audio
Graphic, Universal AGP Pro slot
Overclocking, setup FSB by 1MHz increment
Network, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Frequency can be setup by 1MHz increment
Embedded Promise IDE RAID chip, provide IDE RAID 0 , 1 function
Four independent channels for eight IDE devices (two for Raid)
CMI 8738 Audio chip to provide 6 channels audio
February 4th, 2002, 08:44 PM #9
Depends what you want to use the board for. If you just want a great all-around bord, then look at the Shuttle AK-31a. If you want great overclocking, look at the Epox 8KHA+, or the Soltek SL 75 DRV2. If you want lots of on board features and price is no object, look at the Soyo Dragon plus.
I personally use the Soltek SL 75 DRV2. I bought it because of its good performance and great software bundle. It's working great so far, but I need to upgrade my cooling before I can fully utilize the overclocking functions.
February 5th, 2002, 07:47 PM #10
Best board for under 100 bucks?
Definetely Abit KT7A, thats if you plan on using SDRAM. Excellent motherboard, probably one of the best if not the best for overclocking your tbird, duron, or XP.
I find it really good, Abit in my opinion make the best boards by far.
Abit KT7A - Via KT-133A Chipset 200/266MHZ FSB Sock A Motherboard - RETAIL (Version 1.3) 6PCI, 1 ISA, 1 AGP slot -Retail Box-For AMD Processor.
February 5th, 2002, 08:11 PM #11
I would put 8KHA+ in my next system anyday.
I would place an ECS K7S5A above any of the KT133a boards aswell, and it also takes DDR OR SDR. so you can upgrade the memory when the prices go down, I believe they perform better then the KT133A with SDram.
February 7th, 2002, 02:12 PM #12
I just built a P.C. with a GigaByte GA-7VTXH+. $109 from NewEgg.com. It supports nearly everything AMD. Very Very stable. Install went perfect.
Chipset Detail Specification.
Giga-Byte GA-7VTXH+ LAN ATA133 Socket A, 5PCI, 3DDR DIMM, CT5880 Audio, Realtek RTL8100L, ATX
Apollo KT266A (VT8366A)
AGP FSB: 2X / 4X
CPU Type: AMD Athlon and Duron Socket A
CPU FSB: 200/266
Memory Type: SDRAM/ DDR
Memory FSB: 100/133 & 1600/2100
Max Memory: 4.0G
Number Of USB: 4
Version Of USB: 1.1
Support IDE Data: ATA 66/100/133
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