AK72 motherboard review
Posted by Julio
Franco on August 21, 2000
Slot A motherboard
the last few years, AOpen has built a very good reputation
in the crowded motherboard market thanks to their high
quality products which always seem to deliver the features
and stability required by the most exigent users. We could
also say there is a balance present in all AOpen products so
that OEM and end-user needs are full filled.
AK72 was the first entry to the Athlon market from AOpen,
based on the VIA KX133 chipset, this board comes with all
the features you should expect from a new product. As you
should know by now, the KX133 chipset supports a 133mhz
memory bus independently from the Front Side Bus, that means
you can take full advantage of PC133 memory without worrying
of what bus speed your processor is running at.
board features an almost jumperless design, in the BIOS
you've got options for changing bus speeds and voltage
settings, like we have seen in other boards, the voltage can
be raised or decreased in amounts of 0.5, this is
a great thing to have for overclocking stability.
a quick look to the motherboard, the first thing that came
to my mind was the large size of the AK72. Although the
board fitted perfectly in my case since it uses a removable
plate for placing the motherboard, the size of the board
could be a problem in not-so-well designed cases.
I had it installed in my case I noticed I had to remove my
hard drive in order to get to the IDE and Floppy connectors
which are placed far in the top-right area of the PCB.
AK72 features 5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 ISA and 1 AMR slot. This
configuration could bother some people that won't make any
use of the AMR or ISA slot however we can clearly see
AOpen's intention of keeping the high compatibility for
people with legacy hardware that use ISA slots and in the
case of the AMR slot, it's a good idea to include it for the
OEMs who might want to include cheap modem or audio
solutions, whatever it is, the hardcore PC user will
probably see these slots as a total waste of space and time
as AOpen could have included a 6th PCI slot.
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