The only issue is a mechanical one – at by millimetres, this is an unusually large motherboard. The AMR slot’s pretty much useless. Of course, you can run fans from plain power supply connectors as well; you don’t need to use any motherboard fan headers if you don’t want to. The AX34 Pro II also uses four-way memory interleaving by default, if it’s got enough memory “sides” to do it some memory modules are single sided, some are double sided. The latter option actually makes no perceptible difference to system speed – all it does is slightly reduce overall RAM latency, which for desktop tasks achieves three-fifths of nothing in particular.
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Normal users are only likely to put a maximum of Mb of RAM on the board anyway, because they don’t want to pay the premium for bigger-thanMb memory modules. Now, to most people, a black motherboard is about as interesting as a shiny enamelled engine for aoprn car. High speed operation of a complicated piece of electronics full of wx34 traces in complex patterns, without interference problems, is tricky.
Higher voltage means more heat.
AX34 AOPEN Motherboard Mainboard Driver Manual BIOS
Well, you have if it works, anyway. The southbridge chip on a motherboard, essentially, takes care of every function that the northbridge doesn’t – the IDE bus, USB, Plug and Play, the PCI to ISA bus bridge connection if there is aopekeyboard and mouse control, power management and so on.
But if your RAM can’t manage it, it doesn’t matter with a board like this.
The surface finish on a heat sink that’s primarily cooled by air flow is pretty much completely irrelevant, but it sure looks purty. First up, it’s got lots of CPU speed adjustment potential, which I’ll deal with in detail in the “Overclocking” section below. The AMR slot’s pretty much useless.
That doesn’t mean the board’s not happy running CPUs at stock speed – but if that’s all you want to do, you might as well buy aopem cheaper motherboard.
This doesn’t make a huge amount of difference, though; you don’t need to upgrade from Slot 1 just to use a newer Intel CPU. Overall Want a top-class Socket motherboard?
AOpen point out, “If you place the switch to ao;en middle, you will not be able to boot your system, thus you can protect your data ROM molesting.
There’s a good chance it will.
VIA Apollo Pro 133A Motherboard Roundup – July 2000
This is a good price, for a motherboard with these specs. For hardware enthusiasts, though, a black board with all the latest twiddly bits makes an excellent core for the latest revision of their screaming top-spec game machine. Interleaving wx34 RAM bandwidth look a lot more impressive in some benchmarks, but for desktop computer tasks makes no difference to speak of to actual system performance.
AMR modems are dirt cheap it’s now possible to buy them retail – only system integrators could get them at first but they’re all “host based modems” that need special drivers in order to work. Even with spread spectrum disabled, though, you only get 66, 75, 78, 81 and 83MHz settings below MHz, which means this board isn’t well suited to red-line Celeron overclocking.
The AX34 puts the big fat CPU power supply smoothing capacitors far enough away from the processor socket that there should be room to mount the most outrageous of chip coolers. Cynics might suggest that it’s fairly easy to meet, say, Liberian Army computer materials specs. You can set the two BIOSes up differently, or set them up identically and use the second one as a backup in case of virus attack.
It raises certain questions about one’s life priorities.
The latter option actually makes no perceptible difference to system speed – all it does is slightly reduce overall RAM latency, which for desktop tasks achieves three-fifths of nothing in particular. Still, if you’re doing heavy duty 3D rendering or database serving or something else that needs scads of RAM, a four-slot motherboard’s a nice thing to have. There’s also the usual drivers-and-manual CD, that gives you the manual again in Adobe Acrobat format as wx34 as the support software for the board, and a free copy of Norton AntiVirus v6.
It also makes it easy to make use of lower capacity modules from your old motherboard, and add more RAM, without running out of slots. The FSB steps are, however, quite small enough that you should be able to wind up a MHz FSB CPU about as far as it’ll go – which akpen be considerably further than it could manage on an older motherboard.
Genuine AOPEN AX34 Pro II Socket 370 Motherboard Tested Working
If you don’t have any interest at all in souped-up computing, though, this isn’t the motherboard for you. Thank heaven it’s actually a good motherboard, that’s all I can say. What you get Unlike the old black AX6BC, the black AX34 comes in a box with a window and a see-through clamshell plastic case, so it doesn’t look normal even sitting on the shelf.
The AX34 Pro II would be an excellent choice for the Socket overclocker even if it was the same boring green as most other motherboards; the black-and-silver look aopeh a bonus. Socket CPUs can, with a “slotket” adapter, plug straight into Slot 1, and many Slot 1 motherboards work fine with the new chips.
Mere mortals don’t need anything like that much, of course.