The Abit AN7 motherboard is targeted squarely at tweakers and tuners who love to fiddle with their FSB (no offense intended) and keep tabs on every aspect of their system. The highlight of the AN7 is a new processing unit that has been added, the µGuru chip (µ is a symbol meaning “micro”). The µGuru isn’t just a chip added to the motherboard to provide information, it is an actual processor that allows control over functions normally found in the BIOS. We’ll see if there is any added functionality or advantages of using a hardware chip over using nVidia’s own System Utility.
..If you already own a NF7 series motherboard (which you likely do), the µGuru chip on the AN7 is not a compelling enough reason to upgrade. But if you are willing to ignore the siren’s song of 64 bit computing for a while longer and are looking for a new motherboard with top-notch performance, by all means, get the Abit AN7 over a NF7. You will end up with a great platform that includes plenty of built in options for monitoring and overclocking. The Abit AN7 is most assuredly a PimpRig Approved motherboard.
Abit AN7 nForce2 400 Ultra Motherboard
Published in: Hardware on 2004-02-10