AOPEN AX34 AUDIO DRIVER
The surface finish on a heat sink that’s primarily cooled by air flow is pretty much completely irrelevant, but it sure looks purty. This is a good price, for a motherboard with these specs. Four drives only, but no boot difficulties. Well, you have if it works, anyway. AOpen are rather more forward about the overclocking potential of their products than most other manufacturers. 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.
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And very high FSBs – at the moment, MHz still qualifies as “very high” – make large demands on the motherboard design.
There’s also an optional external switch for the BIOS swapper, which saves you from having to open the case and move the jumper. 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.
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It also makes it easy to apoen use of lower capacity modules from your old motherboard, and add more RAM, without running out of slots. Interleaving makes 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.
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. Since all the switch does is take over the function of the jumper on the three pin header into which it plugs, you could use any dual pole single throw switch to do the same job.
With its built in sound and reasonable price, this board would actually do fine as the basis for a plain vanilla PC, running an old Celeron or something.
AOpen AX34 Pro II motherboard
That doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying, though. The AMR slot’s pretty much useless. It just says the name of the offending subsystem, in English, Chinese, Japanese or German, depending on the setting of another jumper block. You might as well get something cheaper.
aoepn Want a top-class Socket motherboard? The Pro II accommodates them with three speed-sensing three-pin fan headers, one of them near the AGP slot for after-market video card coolers. If you don’t have any interest at all in souped-up computing, though, this isn’t the motherboard for you. 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.
Well, you have if it works, anyway. Overall Want a top-class Socket motherboard? 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.
It’s got the standard ATX mounting screw holes, but it may be a tight fit in smaller cases. This is a good price, for a motherboard with these specs. They don’t tell us whose military specification these circuit boards are alleged to meet.
It clearly doesn’t add much to the price of the board. Most people don’t have to interpret a BIOS beep code more than a few times in their lives.
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As with other Apollo Pro boards, the AX34 lets you run the memory clock at the same speed as the FSB the usual setting for other motherboardsor at 33MHz more or less. Four drives only, but no boot difficulties. This seems simple enough, but changing the FSB also changes the speeds at which other buses in the computer run.
It’s a motherboard status panel that mounts in the front of a drive bay and has eight lights to show you how the Power On Self Test POST is progressing, and where it’s stopped, if it fails. The only issue is a mechanical one – at by millimetres, this is an unusually large motherboard.
When this popular Taiwanese computer gear maker AOpen’s the separate-components division of Acer feels particularly proud of auudio motherboard, they make a version with a black PCB and a shiny silver heatsink on the main chip. 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. Even with spread spectrum disabled, though, you only get 66, 75, 78, 81 and 83MHz settings below MHz, which means this board isn’t ao;en suited to red-line Celeron overclocking.
Then again, quite a aopdn Coppermine Celerons are happy at MHz or even a bit more – with, as usual, a bit more voltage and a chunky cooler axx34 if that’s the case with yours, the AX34 Pro II is fine. It raises certain questions about one’s life priorities.
Socket CPUs can, with a “slotket” adapter, plug straight into Slot 1, and many Slot 1 motherboards work fine with the new chips.
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 is a bonus.