out of these 2 what board

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by canadian_divx, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

  2. Doctor Who

    Doctor Who Guest

    This one - ECS L7VTA is much better than the K7S5A.
  3. Teddy

    Teddy Boogie Nights...!

    London, UK
    Not to be rude, but says who?! What you've put is a very sweeping statement..any links to back it up?
  4. lieb39

    lieb39 Apple lover, PC User

    Being the owner of a K7S5A, all I can say is get something else!

    I hope that helps.

  5. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    becase the customer wants ECS and they turned down an asus board for teh same price so i am not going to argue with them, i am goving him waht ne wants, a good ECS if there is one
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    The K7S5A PRO is an antique using the SIS 735 chipset which is pre-VIA 266 technology (not even pre 266A). It won't support the Barton 333 FSB. I just bought one for a backup system (got it and an Tbred XP2000 for $69 so the MB was basically free). The K7S5A also has a well documented problem with the CMOS losing its data. The problem was traced to the 735 chipset. I saw this when I first got it and powered up but not since. It may or may not have been fixed. The fix for the older boards is to SOLDER a resistor onto the MB to tweak the chipset voltage!

    The other board says KT400/400A so I got suspicious and checked. It is not on the AMD Barton recommended ECS MB list:


    Tread carefully. The customer is not always right.

    The SIS 748, 746 and Via KM400 are on the list. Wonder if the KM is a mobile chipset or csome goofball variant like I got stuck with once KLE133 thought it was a KT133 but turned out not to be "processor" upward compatible.

    PS Per your "a good ECS MB". Only if you compare it to Shuttle or FIC. ;)

    If he wants a good (translated as stable and well built) MB. The list is ASUS, Gigabyte, TYAN (uninspired but reliable) and ABIT. After that you're rolling the dice.
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    KM400 = KT400 with limited onboard video. just like KM266/KT266.
  8. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy