ABIT kondigt KT7-RAID aan

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ABIT heeft alweer een tweede versie van hun binnenkort verschijnende KT7 Socket A moederbord aangekondigd. De KT7-RAID biedt niet alleen een mogelijkheid voor Ultra ATA/100 harddisks, maar zelfs voor RAID systemen. Hier volgt de press-release:

Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Tuesday, August 01, 2000—ABIT is proud to announce the launch of the KT7-RAID. This top-of-the-line motherboard is based on VIA’s KT133 chipset. The KT7-RAID is an ATX form-factor mainboard designed for use with all AMD-K7 “Socket A” 200MHz FSB processors, including “Thunderbirds” as well as “Durons.” It supports all normal industry standard functions, including Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI), AGP 1X/2X/4X and 100/133MHz SDRAM Memory Bus Settings. The KT7 features three 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting PC100/PC133 SDRAM modules and Suspend-To-RAM (STR).

ATA/100 and RAID
The KT7-RAID includes an ATA/100 controller chip that adds two extra IDE ports. Ultra ATA/100, or Ultra DMA/100, is an extension of the current Ultra ATA/33 interface. This new high-speed interface has a 100 Mbytes/sec transfer rate and maximized disk performance under the current PCI local bus environment.

This ATA controller chip also offers the ability to use RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring), and RAID 0+1 (striping + mirroring). The RAID 0 array is designed for performance. By using two hard disks, the information can be split evenly between the two, effectively doubling performance. By setting a RAID 1 array, you are automatically backing up all data. RAID 1 is a mirroring setup that writes the data to both hard disks whenever saving to hard disk. RAID 0+1 gives the user the performance of RAID 0 and the security of RAID 1. Complete with all required components, such as two UDMA/66 compatible cables as well as drivers, the KT7-RAID now makes RAID arrays easy to setup.

3-Phase Power Solution & Active Cooling
The last thing you need in your system is excess heat, or the stability and CPU lifespan issues that go with it. On the KT7-RAID, ABIT has gone a step further in preventing extra heat: A six MOSFE transistor set for a “3-Phase Power Solution.” These six transistors dissipate heat more effectively than the four transistor (“2-Phase”) solution found on most other Socket A motherboards. Additionally, should future Thunderbirds require higher amperage, the KT7-RAID will address power and heat issues better than boards with 2-phase solutions. In order to ensure maximum cooling, ABIT goes even further than the 3-Phase Power Solution. The KT7-RAID also adds active cooling to the Northbridge. ABIT feels that for optimum stability, the Active Cooling is needed for the hot-running, VIA Northbridge.

SoftMenu™ III
Only ABIT has Soft Menu™, and on the KT7-RAID, you will find ABIT’s unique SoftMenu™ III for AMD processors. The KT7-RAID’s SoftMenu™ III has special added features and functions that will allow the maximum performance and enhancement tweaks specifically for Athlon based CPUs, such as FSB settings from 100MHz to 183MHz in increments of 1 (84 settings). Moreover, ABIT has added CPU Multiplier Factor Adjustments, allowing the user to choose the proper multiplier factor*. The System BIOS features and supports Award Plug and Play BIOS and Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS.

Multi I/O Functions
The KT7-RAID has on board Bus Master IDE Ports offering 2+2 Bus Master IDE channels supporting Ultra DMA 66/33. The KT7-RAID also includes an additional 2+2 Channels of Bus Master IDE which support Ultra DMA 100/66/33. The inclusion of 6 PCI slots and 1 ISA slot allow for maximum upgradability. ABIT has added the sixth PCI slot to make the KT7-RAID the most expandable and upgradable board in its class. In addition to the normal serial and parallel ports the KT7-RAID has 2 USB ports, plus an extra header for 2 extra USB channels. Miscellaneous features include hardware monitoring, built-in Wake on LAN, Wake on Ring, and IrDA TX/RX headers. CPU temperature monitoring is performed by a thermistor located directly below the processor.

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