Battlax stuurde me een link naar deze press release van AOpen, waarin de AX6C en AX6C-L moederborden worden aangekondigd. Beide zijn gebaseerd op de i820 chipset en hebben resp. 3 en 2 RIMM slots! Yup, wat Intel niet kan (3 RIMMetjes betrouwbaar naast elkaar aan de praat krijgen) doet AOpen gewoon wél . Verder hebben we voor de overklokkers een maximale bus van 160MHz:
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading the race to build the better PC, AOpen America, the world's largest components manufacturer, today announced the launch of two new motherboards that integrate the latest technologies for today's serious computer users. The new motherboards, the AOpen AX6C and AOpen AX6C-L sport lightning fast front-side bus, 133MHz, a speedy 4X AGP port, RIMM memory support, and a unique AOpen expansion port that all combine to give professionals the ultimate foundation for their PC needs.
[...] Leveraging the Intel(R) 820 chipset and sharing key feature designs, both the AX6C and AX6C-L support 100MHz and 133MHz front-side bus, which are specifically designed to maximize the performance of the latest Intel Pentium II, Intel Pentium III and Intel Pentium III "Coppermine" processors. Gamers and other "overclockers" will appreciate the ability to ante up the front-side bus speed of the boards to support a maximum of 160MHz.
Further improving performance, the AX6C and AX6C-L support a maximum of 1GB Rambus DRAM with either 3 or 2 RIMM slots. The boards support PC600, PC700, and PC800 RIMM specifications, which position these boards on the cutting edge of memory technology. Additionally, both boards support 1X, 2X, and 4X AGP graphics. Multimedia features are enhanced with the addition of AC-97 2.1 audio on-board, and a full complement of serial, parallel, USB, game, speaker, mic and line ports provide instant expandability.
A unique board design from AOpen further adds to the boards' flexibility and expansion. The AX6C and AX6C-L include an additional slot -- the Audio/Modem Riser (AMR) -- that provides for future expandability by freeing the boards PCI slots. AOpen currently offers a V.90 56K modem that plugs into the new AMR slot, and plans to launch additional component solutions that take advantage of the AMR design, thus giving system builders and resellers even more options to customize PCs for their customers.
Investment protection features include: over current protection, CPU thermal protection, system voltage monitoring, CPU and housing fan monitoring and a resettable fuse that provides short circuit protection for the keyboard and USB devices. Corporate management features built into the boards include Wake-on-LAN, zero voltage Wake-on-Modem, Wake-on-Timer, and Wake-on-Keyboard/Mouse.
Lastly, both the AX6C and AX6C-L are Year 2000 compliant and include AOpen's award-winning 4MB, multi-lingual plug-and-play flash ROM BIOS. Pricing is not available at the time of announcement; however, both the AX6C and AX6C-L are expected to be available throughout North America within 60 days.