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The ABIT NF7-S Motherboard

As ABIT's premier nForce2 motherboard, the ABIT NF7-S is naturally powered by the SPP and the MCP-T platform processors. Using the SPP is logical because no NF7-S user is ever going to settle for a GeForce4 MX GPU. It would simply be a waste of silicon and money to use the IGP. With AGP4X and AGP8X support, the NF7-S is ready to be paired with any of the top graphics cards available in the market today.

The MCP-T offers excellent connectivity with a USB 2.0 controller supporting 6 ports, Firewire (IEEE-1394a) support and a second Ethernet MAC from 3Com. It also comes with the nForce2 APU (unchanged from the APU found in the original nForce chipset). When paired with the Realtek ALC650 controller, it allows a very cost effective 6-channel audio implementation with support for Dolby Digital 5.1.

The NF7-S also comes with an onboard Serial ATA (SATA) controller from Silicon Image. It supports two ports which allows you to attach a maximum of two SATA-150 drives. ABIT is also shipping the motherboard with their innovative Serillel converter, allowing you to make use of the Serial ATA controller even if you only have a normal IDE drive.

In a minute, we will put it under a microscope and examine it bit by bit. But first, let's check out the specifications!


The Specifications

ABIT NF7-S nForce2 Motherboard


Processor Interface

Socket-462 (Socket A)


NVIDIA nForce2 SPP North Bridge
NVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T South Bridge

CPU Multipliers

5.0x to 22.0x
in 0.5x increments from 5.0x up to 13.5x
in 1.0x increments from 14.0x up to 22.0x

FSB Speeds

100 - 237MHz (in 1 to 5MHz increments)

FSB / DRAM Dividers

3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6,
4/3, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6,
5/3, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6,
6/3, 6/4, 6/6 (6/5 is not available)

AGP Speeds

66 - 99MHz (in 1MHz increments)

PCI Speeds

Fixed at 33MHz

Core Voltages

1.1 to 1.85V (in 0.025V increments)

DDR SDRAM Voltages

2.4 to 2.7V (in 0.1V increments)

Chipset Voltages

1.4 to 1.7V (in 0.1V increments)

AGP Voltages

1.5 to 1.8V (in 0.1V increments)

Memory Controller
Two independent 64-bit memory controllers
Supported Memory

Three 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM slots
- Up to three DDR 200/266/333 SDRAM DIMMs (max. 3GB)
- Up to two DDR 400 SDRAM DIMMs (max. 2GB)

Internal I/O Connectors

One AGP slot (supporting AGP4X and AGP8X protocols)
Five PCI slots
Two Ultra DMA-133 connectors
Two Serial ATA-150 connectors
Two USB 2.0 headers
Two Firewire (IEEE-1394a) headers
One floppy port
One CD-In connector
One IrDA connector

Back Panel I/O
Two USB 2.0 connectors
One RJ-45 LAN connector
Six audio connectors
One S/P DIF out connector
One PS/2 keyboard connector
One PS/2 mouse connector
Two Serial Ports
One Parallel Port
Onboard Serial ATA
Silicon Image SiI 3112A Serial ATA controller
- supports a 150MB/s transfer rate
Onboard Audio
6-Channel Realtek ALC650 controller
Integrated NVIDIA Audio Processing Unit
Onboard LAN
Realtek 8201BL physical layer interface
Integrated NVIDIA Ethernet MAC


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