AK72 motherboard review
Posted by Julio
Franco on August 21, 2000 - Page 3/5
Slot A motherboard
the board you have two fan connectors present which is the
minimum we could expect to have, its placement isn't ideal
though. The first one is located very near to the CPU slot
but the other one is far in the bottom area of the board,
near the AMR slot, this could be matter of trouble if you're
using any custom dual fan cooler.
thing I disliked of the board layout was the power connector
placement, I thought all manufacturers were conscious that
there is a lot of people using large heatsinks for better
cooling and overclocking, well, at the end I couldn't use my
Alpha cooler with the AK72.
to the good side of the things, it's impossible not to
notice the large number of 2200uF low ESR capacitors located
next to the CPU Slot, this is supposed to help CPU power
stability on high frequency processors.
AK72 comes with built-in audio, although it can be easily
disabled via a jumper, we see this feature as another way of
attracting OEMs since it makes the board more cost
effective. Don't expect to have excellent audio quality or
any kind of advanced API support such as EAX or A3D but just
plain audio support which comes as an extra.
the box I also found a cable with the front USB ports.
Although most of the motherboards I've used recently had the
option of connecting two additional USB ports, this might be
the first time that I see the plate is included in the
package, people with more than 2 USB devices will enjoy
having this from the start.
testing the AK72 overclocking capabilities and stability I
used an Athlon 500 and Thunderbird 700 Slot A, results were
both processors I could get a few extra MHz by using a
105mhz FSB, that is 525mhz and 735mhz for each processor
respectively, that is, using default voltage. In the case of
the original Athlon I was able to push it a bit more but the
system would crash immediately.
order to get real overclocking, and with that I mean a speed
boost you will actually notice, I had to use a Golden Finger
device, notice however that made overclocking totally CPU
independent so motherboard couldn't be a limiting factor. I
got the Athlon running at 750mhz (it had a 650 core) and the
Thunderbird at 800mhz.
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