QDI's KinetiZ 7T
A KT133 Based Motherboard With A Funny Name


More QDI KinetiZ 7T Spec's & Features
Sometimes you get the Bear, and sometimes the Bear gets you...

After close examination of the feature set, as well as the 7T's layout, one might be lead to believe that QDI has quite the little screamer on their hands. At least, that's what I thought. Especially after I realized that the KinetiZ 7T is supposed to have the ability to change the multiplier, on unlocked Socket A CPUs. Just try and imagine my joy when I found this out and casually glanced at my two Duron's and noticed they both happened to be unlocked... (trust me, I almost started weeping...). More on the topic of overclocking later. I'm going save the juicy stuffs for last.

As far as the rest of the features/layout are concerned, the 7T isn't really that spectacular. It would have been nice to see the power supply connector located somewhere that wouldn't force the wire bundle to run over the top of the CPU, restricting airflow. The 7T's AMR Slot could also have been placed in a more useful location (the toilet comes to mind...) below the AGP port, rather then above it. Depending on the type of full length PCI cards you're using, the 7T can either accommodate 5 full length PCI cards, or just 1. You see, all but the first PCI slot has some sort of object near it, that may, or may not get in the way. It all depends on how far your PCI cards extend below the actual PCI slot. 12 meg Voodoo2 users shouldn't have a problem, thankfully.   Not that I actually use more then three PCI slots, but it's nice to know that I could, if I wanted to.

I'm going try and get off the negatives for a bit and concentrate on a few of the 7T's more positive notes. My favorite positive on the 7T, is it has this nifty red LED... It is there to let you know when there's power going coursing through it. I'm guessing that's in the event you don't notice the whirling fans. Hey, far be it from QDI to assume that their customers have IQ's higher then that of your average tree frog. Speaking of fans, the QDI folks were nice enough to include three fan headers (two RPM monitoring), in all the right places. This is something I'd definitely like to see more of, as two seems to be the more common number of fan headers on other Socket A motherboards. QDI's implementation of VIA's hardware monitoring is quite good as well. There are two thermal sensors built into the motherboard, one directly beneath the CPU, and one down in the lower right corner of the board.


OK, that's all there is, as far as the positives are concerned... The 7T has just way too many negatives to ignore. Remember when I said that the KinetiZ 7T had what every overclocker dreams about? Ahhh yes, of course you do... The ability to adjust the multiplier natively. Whoo Hooo!!! Right? Well, not so fast there partner.   First, there's two separate jumper blocks, and a total of 9 different sets of jumpers to adjust.


OK, so that's not really a big deal. I guess no one at QDI's ever had the pleasure of using an EPoX board, with it's single jumper multiplier adjuster. Or maybe they've never had the blissful experience of toying with Abit's SoftMenu™ III. But hey, they did give us the ability to change the multiplier, so I should stop my girlish whining, right? Of course I should... But alas, I cannot. You see, this feature didn't work!   So, sorry kids, I tried two different unlocked Durons (650 and 700), and no amount of multiplier changing, up or down, resulted in anything resembling a computer booting up, let alone a post screen. Not that you'd be able to do much multiplier changing, in the first place. It seems QDI conveniently forgot to add the ability to change the voltage.  I guess they don't do too much overclocking over there. Probably a government thing. So, I'm sorry to tell you this but you aren't going crank that 600MHz Duron up to 1GHz, on the KinetiZ 7T. All though, it is good to see that the QDI engineers have a bit of a sense of humor, as they gave the 7T the ability to crank the FSB up to 166MHz (Ha! Good luck there tough guy...).

So then, is that it as far as the negatives are concerned? You getting tired of my whining yet?  Well....... I did have one more, minor issue, with this here motherboard (You guys really don't know how bad I wanted to like this board). You see, the primary IDE port (IDE1) decided it was about time it started doing it's own thing. It pretty much quit on me. And when I tried to get it to work, it would get all hostile with me (Something I'm just not used too...). It really didn't matter what I plugged into it, CDROM, ATA66, ATA33.... It just flat out wouldn't work correctly. No bootage, and the bios would misidentify anything I stuck in there. As you can plainly see, in the first two bios shots.



Not so correct

Other Settings Used

Now that I've stepped into the bios, I might as well point out one other minor grievance I had with the KinetiZ 7T. The 7T is the first KT133 motherboard I've used, that couldn't run my Samsung -GH SDRAM at 133MHz. It didn't matter what the other settings consisted of, the 7T absolutely refused to run with the memory set to +33MHz. Surprisingly, this didn't hold the benchmarks back to much. This is partly due to the 7T defaulting to 4 way Bank Interleave.

 Benchmarks and Conclusions...