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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsMotherboards Jun 4th, 2020 - 3:02 PM EST
    Biostar M7MIA RAID
    Author: JonnyGURU
    Date Posted: July 18th, 2001
    Rating: 8.5/10 SystemLogistics
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    Pros & Cons/Conclusion

    Timing of the release of this board in the states couldn't be better. Despite real world benchmark improvements of only 10-15% over an equally equipped SDRAM board and memory benchmark improvements of only 20%, the price of DDR just recently hitting rock bottom (256MB sticks are averaging at $45 these days) should mean that there's no real reason NOT to consider a DDR solution when building an AMD Athlon based PC from the ground up. It's sort of like buying a new car at the dealer and having them tell you that your payments will only go up $5 a month if you get the model with the supercharger. Capite?

    So in conclusion.. there's good news and there's bad news.. I'll give you the bad news first.

    • Can't adjust VIO (overclocking function).
    • Can't adjust multiplier (overclocking function).
    • Only two fan headers.
    • I'd be called a whiny little bitch if I had a beef over the size of the board and the placement of the ATX connector, so I'll leave that alone.
    • Insane front side bus overclocking.
    • Good performance at even stock speeds and all around stable.
    • Beaucoup IDE options (8 IDE devices or any number of RAID combinations).
    • DAMN inexpensive.
    • Just all around good quality.

    The M7MIA comes with a CD with Norton's Ghost and AntiVirus as well as the driver CD

    Overall, I think you can see where I have a hard time finding a final rating for this board using the SystemLogical scale of 1 through 10. As an overclocker, it only rates a half way score of 5. For quality and stability, it deserves every bit of a 10. Given the important features are covered, and the price is oh so right, I'm tempted to bump a few points over the average of the two (and I'm a tough grader), so on a Systemlogical scale of 1 to 10, I give this board an 8.5… no 8… no… no… an 8.5. Whew. 8.5 it is. Beer me.

    Rating: 8.5/10 SystemLogistics

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