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Review: ABIT NF7-S nForce2

by Tarinder Sandhu on 30 November 2002, 00:00


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Specifications and bundle

Specifications in detail


  • Supports Socket A (Socket 462) for AMD® Athlon™ / Athlon XP / Duron™ processor
  • Supports 600MHz up to 2166MHz processor and higher (Thoroughbred compatible)
  • Support for 200 / 266FSB / 333FSB processors.


  • Northbridge: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP
  • Southbridge: NVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T

System Memory

  • 3 x 184pin DDR DIMM slots
  • DDR200 / DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 support @ 2.5v
  • 3GB maximum system RAM (non-ECC), 2GB for DDR400
  • Dual DDR architecture combines 2 independent 64-bit memory controllers
  • Dual DDR provides up to 6.4GB/s of system bandwidth


  • One AGP 8/4x AGP compliant (1.5v and 0.8v support)
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI 33MHz slots

On-board peripherals

  • 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD
  • 2 serial ports
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 iRDA connector
  • PS/2 Keyboard
  • PS/2 Mouse
  • 3 Audio Jacks (NVIDIA APU via ALC650)
  • Game Port
  • 6 x USB 2.0 connectors from MCP-T SB (2 on-board + 4 by additional brackets)
  • Headers for Firewire, ABIT Media XP, and USB2.0

On-board IDE

  • An IDE controller on the Nforce2 MCP-T chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66/ operation modes
  • Can connect up to 4 IDE devices
  • Silicon Image SIL3112A SATA RAID controller, 2 ports.
  • RAID 0 and 1 modes available (no 0+1).


  • NVIDIA 6-channel Soundstorm via Realtek ALC650 6-channel CODEC. S/PDIF Out (Optical) on the backplane.
  • Supports real time AC3 encoding via hardware
  • 'Soundstorm' certified

Other features

  • NVIDIA 10/100 LAN via Realtek RTL8201LB physical interface.
  • NVIDIA Firewire support (3x 1394a) via Realtek RTL8801B physical interface

BIOS & Voltages

  • ABIT Softmenu III
  • FSB speeds of 100MHz - 237MHz (some individual FSBs are missing)
  • 1.1 - 1.85v Vcore adjustable in 0.025v increments
  • 2.4v - 2.7v DDR voltage adjustment
  • 1.5 - 1.8v AGP adjustment in 0.1v increments
  • 1.5 - 1.7v chipset voltage

Other extras

The bundle comprises of the following goodies

  • 1 x ABIT's parallel-to-SATA Serrilel converter
  • 1 x USB 2.0 header for 2 extra ports
  • Driver CD (on CD-R this time)
  • Custom backplane
  • 1 x ATA133 cables, 1 x floppy cable

Seeing as the NF7-S features Firewire support, I'm surprised to see no companion bracket included. As this is a very new package characterised by the drivers and utilities on CD-R, this might just be a packaging error. The driver CD contains the various drivers and a couple of diagnostic utilities together with NVIDIA's Soundstorm enhanced audio software. I'd have liked another ATA133 cable and another USB2.0 bracket to fully use the 6 USB2.0 ports on offer. The manual was on the CD-R for our particular test motherboard. Functional more than exciting.