Bij Sharky Extreme kun je vandaag een review vinden van de AOpen AX64 Pro Slot-1 moederbord met de VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset. Het plankje heeft een 1 AGP/4 PCI/1 ISA/1 AMR design wat betekent dat je vrij zuinig met je PCI gleuven zal moeten zijn. Gelukkig heeft AOpen wel aardige overklok mogelijkheden in het plankje kunnen verwerken:
The Chipset Features section contains all the settings and options required for CPU overclocking. There is information displayed for the detected CPU speed, as well as areas to adjust both the clock multiplier and front-side bus speed. Your choice of FSB/CPU Clock Ratio jumper will determine both the initial FSB speed as well as the available overclocking speeds. At the 2X setting (PC66), the open FSB speeds are 66, 75 and 83 MHz, while at the 3X setting (PC100), these expand a bit to 100, 103, 105, 110, 112, 115, 120 and 124 MHz. Moving up to 4X (PC133), the AX64 Pro offers 124, 133, 140 and 150 MHz speeds.
Voltage settings are also available, ranging from 1.3V to 2.10V in .05V increments and from 2.10V to 3.50V, in .10V increments. The only negative to the voltage area is that each and every time you go to change the CPU voltage, a warning message pops up and you are forced to press a key to continue. Spending a lot of time tweaking the CPU voltages in the AX64 Pro will make you wish AOpen had thoughtfully allowed the warnings to be disabled. From a functionality point of view, the AX64 Pro BIOS allows full reign on choosing any of the available voltages, not just a range based on the CPU's default voltage. In fact, other than the warning message, AOpen has certainly not erred on the side of caution.
In case you're wondering, the AOpen “Pro” motherboards offer a much wider array of voltage tweaking and overclocking options than their standard products, hence the higher price. The AOpen AX64 Pro does stack up quite well against the competition and also includes value-added features such as the Die Hard BIOS, 24K Gold Heatsink and an excellent hardcopy manual.