Last fall AMD unleashed four new graphic cards based on their Evergreen GPU architecture. First introduced was the high-end Radeon HD 5870, quickly followed by the launch of the Radeon HD 5850, two cards that had many enthusiasts drooling over raw performance power. Though these cards were proven to be a great success, the premium price point was a little high.
Well, I was in the market to upgrade one of my home workstations. Since I work mostly from my laptop (Stay tuned for my Latitude 840 review) I really did not want to spend a whole bunch of money on the upgrade. So I wandered down to my local computer shop to hunt for some new hardware. I began looking at this board from ECS. I had never purchased an ECS board and never worked with a SiS chipset. The shop owner told me that he had some rather good experience with the ECS K75SA, although in mostly on MS Windows. If I was not satisfied with it I could always return it. What the heck I decided to give it a go!
When the specs for the first Athlons were released I was pretty stoked. SMP capability! I had been using the K62 line in my home PCs for a while and was fairly pleased with their performance. What I really lusted for was a low cost multi-processor system. I thought that the AMD Athlon would fulfill my fantasies. Well I was dead wrong!
With Socket A motherboards now being almost a dime a dozen, Abit steps in with it's contender, the KT7-RAID. This board packs a killer punch, and there is no question it is one of the top boards for Socket A processors. In the past, Abit has been quite innovative with its products, and the KT7-RAID continues this tradition. Lets see how this baby shapes up under Linux.