Giant Leap Over the High Speed Generation K7 Triton 400 Series GA-7VAXP Ultra VIA KT400 Based Motherboard

2002-11-15
Gigabyte Technology is pleased to announce the newhigh-end VIA KT400 chipset based platform -GA-7VAXP Ultra motherboard for leading technologymarket. GA-7VAXP Ultra belongs to Gigabyte's newproduct family known as K7 Triton 400 series.GA-7VAXP Ultra is based on GA-7VAXP, designed tomeet the demands of present and future applicationneeds, offering a variety of new and unique features thatmaximizes the performance and stability.

Maximizes AMD Athlon XP processor performanceGA-7VAXP Ultra Green Thunder (super 333 socket A)is the latest evolution of acclaimed motherboardtechnology. Based on the previous unprecedentedpower and reliability of the VIA Apollo KT333, the VIAApollo KT400 further raises the performance bar onAMD Athlon XP and AMD Duron processor-basedsystems. Supporting AMD® latest 0.13 micron-process(Thoroughbred) technology, GA-7VAXP Ultra isdesigned, validated, and optimized for the performance of AMD Athlon XP processors. It extends thecapabilities of Athlon XP processors to ensure the high volume mainstream PCs to support theadvanced desktop PC usage models, providing a high-bandwidth connection between the AMD AthlonXP processors and the platforms.

Silicon Image Serial ATA Interface
Several cutting-edge technologies are also implemented on this outstanding motherboard-- GA-7VAXPUltra, such as the Silicon Image Serial-ATA interface which delivers high data bandwidth up to150MB/s. Serial ATA is the next generation of ATA specification that provides scalable performance fortoday and tomorrow PCs, bringing I/O peripherals into a new era of high speed storage solutions.

DDR400 Ready
A new breakthrough in DDR Memory reaching 400MHz (DDR400), GA-7VAXP Ultra is based on theVIA chipset to feature DDR400 memory offering 25% more memory bandwidth to the CPU.GA-7VAXP Ultra provides superior system bus bandwidth up to 3.2GB/s, available with 3 DIMM slotssupporting up to 3GB DDR400/333 memory, delivering the highest performance and stability with thedouble-bandwidth, high-volume, and the upcoming-mainstream DDR memory solution. Therecommended list for DDR400 memory modules is available in the user manual and on GIGABYTEwebsite.

Supported AGP8X
AGP8X is recognized as the natural progression beyond AGP4X. It is expected to meet the demands ofthe graphics bandwidth. GA-7VAXP Ultra offers (AGP8X) a significant increase in performance alongwith the feature enhancement to AGP. AGP8X represents the evolution of the existing AGP interfaceto meet the ever-increasing demands placed on the graphics accelerators within the workstation anddesktop environments. Future game consoles would demand the performance of AGP 8X, as graphicsbecome ever more realistic.

Promise RAID+ATA133 IDE controllers, IEEE 1394, MS, SD and SCR ready
With Promise 20276 chip, GA-7VAXP Ultra provides RAID 0(Striping)/ RAID 1(Mirroring) function,through GIGABYTE outstanding smart-bios technology. The latest VT8235 south bridge is the fastest8X V-Link chipset currently available for I/O intensive applications, offering six USB 2.0 ports. The USB2.0 application meets today's ever increasing data transfer requirements offering shorter access timeand greater performance for a huge variety of everyday applications including audio, video & gaming.Three IEEE1394 ports enhance PC connectivity for consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances,storage peripherals, other PCs, and portable devices. Besides the usual boot devices (floppy, all kindsof IDE drives, network), GA-7VAXP Ultra also supports the feature to boot up from USB devices suchas CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and ZIP drive. Interrupts can be assigned freely to each PCI device to meetindividual needs. Other fantastic features are Memory Stick, Secure Digital and Smart Card Reader.GA-7VAXP Ultra takes all advantage from its superior reliability, flexibility for future upgrade, and dataprotection capability while processing high speed data transfer.

Patented Dual BIOS technology, Easy Tune 4, Q-Flash (Dual BIOS Utility), @BIOS andFace Wizard
GA-7VAXP Ultra provides several unique features such as patented Dual BIOS, providing a backupBIOS, that greatly reduces the risk of BIOS failure due to virus infection or catastrophic failure, toassure its stability as a workstation server. EasyTune 4, an exclusive Windows based overclockingutility developed by GIGABYTE, that totally changes the traditional way for “overclocking”. It provides 2modes, “Easy Mode” for the novice users and “Advance Mode” to fulfill the power-users. With detailedinstructions in BIOS setup menu. Q-Flash utility allows you to flash BIOS easily under BIOS mode,without the need to flash BIOS under Windows and DOS modes. @BIOS will automatically detectsthe most up-to-date BIOS version from GIGABYTE network via Internet, updating the BIOS underWindows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, no more complicated update methods needed at DOS mode. With theGIGABYTE® Face Wizard utility, GA-7VAXP Ultra allows you to create and edit stylish boot upscreen.

6-Channel AC'97 Audio CODEC
The ALC650 incorporates proprietary converter technology to achieve a high SNR, greater than 90 dB.The ALC650 AC'97 CODEC supports multiple CODEC extensions with independent variable samplingrates and built-in 3D effects. The ALC650 CODEC provides two pairs of stereo outputs withindependent volume controls, a mono output, and multiple stereo and mono inputs, along with flexiblemixing, gain and mute functions to provide a complete integrated audio solution for PCs. RealtekALC650 allows users to enjoy real-life surround sound from SP/DIF output while watching DVD moviesor playing video games.

Main Specification
▪ VIA KT400+VIA VT8235
▪ Supports FSB 333MHz AMD Athlon XP processor
▪ World leading DDR 400 memory supported for system performance enhancement*
▪ AGP 8x/ 4X interface, 5PCI Slots
▪ Serial-ATA interface
▪ Promise IDE RAID 0, 1 function
▪ 6-channel AC'97 audio
▪ 6 USB 2.0 ports, 3 IEEE 1394 ports
▪ 10/100Mb Network Connection
▪ DualBIOS
▪ CPU overheat protection
▪ Round corner PCB plate design for better durability
▪ Rich in overclocking features
▪ EZ-Fix AGP slot
▪ Easytune 4, Q-Flash, @BIOS