Written on: 19/04/2004 by GallagherKnight (2 reviews written)
Inexpensive, easy to set up
Picky about the RAM - kept freezing while trying to install Win XP Pro
Everything seemed to be going my way while installing an Asus A7V8X-X until the time came to actually install my OS. It kept freezing over and over, and I noticed that this specific board was not able to properly run DDR400 ram in conjunction with my Athlon XP 2600+ that has a 333 FSB. Indeed, the manual suggests using only DDR333 with a 333 FSB... but the problems only got worse from there. It kept on refusing to run, sending me straight to the BIOS and suggesting to verify that my DDR333 ram was really 333 MHz, which it was. Several sticks of RAM later, I removed it entirely and got my money back. I was able to find several complaints on the net regarding the A7V8X-X's notorious pickiness on RAM, and that even with the ASUS recommended Kingston RAM installed, it might STILL misread your DDR333 as running a 331 MHz chip and refuse to use it outright.
Skip this one, folks, not worth the trouble.