Duane Pemberton van Gamers Depot heeft eens gekeken naar het AOpen AX3S Pro i815e moederplankje met 1xAGP, 1xCNR en 5xPCI. Het plankje bleek zeer stabiel te opereren maar zwaar tegen te vallen voor overclocking. Bussnelheden van rond de 150MHz voor i815 plankjes zijn vrij normaal terwijl deze AX3S Pro het al op 116MHz voor gezien hield . Lees hier het hele verhaal.
We found the overclocking results of this board to be rather ironic. You’d think that a board with this much attention to detail built into it, would be one of the better overclocker’s around, however, our testing showed otherwise. Using a 933Mhz PIII, we were only able to get the bus speed up to 112Mhz, and have the system still run stable. At 116Mhz, we did get it to post, but nothing afterwards. I know some of you might think this is no big deal, but keep in mind that when we reviewed MSI’s competing board we were able to clock it up to a whopping 149Mhz bus speed! It’s a shame that the Aopen didn’t perform better. Results may vary depending on the particular CPU you have, and how the moon is aligned with the Sun on the particular day you try it. Aopen brags about the fact that this board supports their “Die-hard” Bios, which essentially is only an optional device that you purchase that lets your reset the BIOS without having to take open the case. Call me cynical, but do we need this? I mean, with other boards you don’t have to take off the case to set a jumper or purchase option equipment like this. Most boards have a soft-reset in where you’d just hold down a key like F11 while it boots, and it resets the BIOS. I’m not too certain just why Aopen thinks this is a big deal.