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Provided the chipset doesn't hinder Abit NV7M CPU in any way, the numbers will be the same regardless of chipset.

However the memory controller usually changes per chipset so we'll take a look at the memory bandwidth benchmark results. The graph is topsy turvy compared Abit NV7M a usual sandra graph so the integer performance is at the bottom and floating point on the top. The returned numbers are slightly down on the reference numbers most likely due to lack of agressive timings in the memory controller, something you can't adjust unfortunately. Numbers are comparable to the older version however with the SE version giving ever so slightly higher results out of the box. It performed very well.


Using the onboard IGP provided graphics core was somewhat disappointing. We gain a few points over the K7N result using the same core but it's nothing to write home about. It actually performs slower than a standalone GeForce2 MX for this reason. Using shared system memory for the frame buffer is slower than using on-card display memory since the on-card memory is clocked higher and the GPU has it's own dedicated path to that memory. When using the IGP, the core uses the TwinBank memory controller to access the shared frame buffer which isn't Abit NV7M optimised as a dedicated GPU memory controller. So the effect of using main memory for a framebuffer is slower performance than dedicated display memory.

DirectX 8 performance, something that 3DMark tests, is poor on the onboard core plain and simple.

The unit doesn't support DirectX 8 pixel and vertex shaders in Abit NV7M so the CPU has to do the calculations, hurting performance for obvious reasons. Aquamark will show up the same Abit NV7M to using the onboard core for all the same reasons.

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Lack of dedicated, faster display memory and complete lack of DX8 support in hardware makes Aquamark run very slowly on a GeForce2 MX and especially on the onboard core. The core simply isn't designed to play DX8 games that utilise the pixel and vertex shaders. Moving to the GeForce3 Ti as the rendering device gives much better results. Comendable performance indeed from the little board. The hardware support for v1. Quake 3 should run OK on the built-in core and fly on the GeForce3 so you'll see a good contrast in scores here and a nice illustration of the performance a modern graphics accelerator brings to the table. Performance on Abit NV7M Ti is Abit NV7M 3 and 5 times that of the onboard core for the same reasons we outlined when talking about the 3DMark performance.

The onboard core is simply not a performance gaming solution but given the target market for this board, it can be forgiven to some extent since people using this board wont be going for all out gaming performance. Lack of dedicated frame buffer memory is again a downside. Lastly in our list of performance benchmarks we have POVRay.

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Just a single test at MHz Abit NV7M the P3 Binary which, if performance is spot on, should complete in 53s. Nothing out of the ordinary at all and confirmation, if any was needed, that things are running properly on the board. Performance Conclusion Performance hit two extremes here depending on whether the onboard core was used for display rendering. Using the onboard core gave poor performance. There is no way to disguise that the IGP core isn't a gamers solution unless possibly paired with a quicker processor.

Even that would bring ever deminishing returns as the CPU simply becomes too fast for the underperforming core the quicker you go. Putting a half decent graphics card in this motherboard is a must for anyone wanting to do even a small amount of 3D gaming. Memory bandwidth performance while not incredible for a PC solution on the surface when looking at the Sandra results, did perform very well in the benchmarks. The nForce memory controller is very advanced and does a lot for the performance on the board when running 3D applications and anything data heavy.

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The board isn't targetted at the performance market however and running a Ti in this board will be something of a rarity. This is a pretty large downside given the target audience. Overall performance was great using the Ti and mediocre at best when using the onboard core. Overall Conclusion It's plain this board isn't aimed at the enthusiasts market and we've discussed Abit NV7M from the beginning. So what market is it aimed at and is it a good board for the target audience?

It's aimed at the user wishing to build a small, quiet system, possibly in a stylish case to integrate into their home equipment like television, DVD player etc. Lack of expansion doesn't matter to the target market since it ha a lot onboard but there are some downsides. First the 3D performance of the IGP graphics is poor. It's not suitable for new 3D games, especially ones that Abit NV7M on hardware acceleration of DX8 features.

I wasn't comfortable using the onboard graphics at x in Windows, my Abit NV7M working resolution. This seems to be indicative of the chipset as a whole and the image was quite dark and quite poorly Abit NV7M at the edges. Dropping to x improved things but it wasn't great and I wouldn't enjoy using it being too used to excellent quality at x from the Gainward Ti The nForce graphics needs an overhaul if it's to gain any plaudits from this reviewer unfortunately. Overall a nice little board with a couple of nasty downsides depending on your usage of it.


Not for the performance enthusiast and very much for the same user who'd buy something like a Shuttle SV24 and would like to roll their own. Pro's Overall performance when paired with the Ti Excellent audio solution. Abit are Abit NV7M known for their fully featured boards for the performance user so the NV7m is a rather large departure for Abit, a company that has. The Abit's board of the "Fast Lane" series realizes capabilities of the nForce D quite successfully. First of all, because such format Abit NV7M the most suitable for.

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