K7 Master-My Experiance(Written by Assaf)

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K7 Master-My Experiance
Hello All.

As you can see I am a moderator, I got to do this since I was a tester
for MSI and have tested the K7 Master.
Here is what I have found and done so far, if it helps you I will be glad.

My hardware:
MSI K7 Master
AMD T-bird 1333MHz ("C" type 266MHz DDR AXIA)
1xViking 256MB DDR PC2100 with Hyundai chips HY5DV28822AT-H
Creative RIVA TNT 16MB (I know what you are thinking )
Generic Fire Wire PCI adapter
RealTek 8139 PCI LAN (cheap)
Conexant 56K PCI modem
W.D 200BB (20GB/7200/ATA100)
Toshiba x48 CD-ROM (still the best)
Teac 16x10x40 IDE CD-RW
Spire 5E34B3-H Heatsink (70x65x50mm copper bottom 5000rpm)
400W Macron PSU

*JP3 is closed.


PSU Ratings:
3.3V@16A=53W
5V@30A=150W
12V@15A=180W


Drivers: (installed in this order)
Bios 1.3 (befor OS load)
SP2 (on win 2000)
VIA 4in1 4.32 WITHOUT THE AGP
AMD AGP
DirectX 8.0
Nvidia 6.50
All other peripherals

*Bios set to defaults and then changed:
SMART for HDD - Enabled
INIT Display - AGP
AC97 MODEM - Disabled
Suspend Mode - S3 (working fine)
Spread Specrtum - Enabled


Temps:
Board 35c
CPU 43c idle / 52c full load
This with 2 case fans (and PSU fan), Vcore default (around 1.8V).


The one problem I have found:
The northbrige overheats and may cause the boot falure with a blinking
curser while D-Led shows GGGR (RTC).
I installed a fan on the northbridge and had no problems since.






*Win 2000 did not allow DMA befor SP2, this is because it does not
automaticly support ATA100, after that DMA is working on all 3 drives.


So far no other problems.

Written by Assaf
 
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