Bij iXBT Labs hebben ze een flinke round-up gepost van de bekendste Athlon Slot A planken van het moment. Zeer zeker het lezen waard als je nog aan het twijfelen bent, hieronder vast wat uit de conclusie:
Unfortunately, we have to admit that the situation with AMD Athlon mainboards is not so beautiful. Besides, their simple lack in the market, we should also point out some problems with the power supply units of low power and with the stability of certain products. These problems are very likely to be connected with the 6-layer design of most Slot A mainboards, which needs to be very carefully manufactured and this is within the power of very few manufacturers. This situation will probably improve in the near future as soon as we see VIA KX133, which doesn't necessarily require a 6-layer PCB, and besides the development of a new 4-layer AMD Shinner reference-design may also turn things for the better. And for now the only thing we can recommend you is ASUS K7M - a perfectly stable product, which can also boast an incredible performance. Besides, this mainboard is overclockable. The only drawback of ASUS K7M is the absence of open support on ASUS web-site. And as for the new BIOS versions for this board, they are now available only on ASUS ftp server at the following addresses: ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/pub/ASUS/mb/slota/ or ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/
The second mainboard providing more or less acceptable system performance is Gigabyte GA-7IX. However, this mainboard showed very poor results in the performance tests and AMD doesn't recommend using it with 700MHz CPUs. As for the rest, we wouldn't advise you to purchase any of them because they prove very unstable and arouse too many problems if the power supply unit is of lower power than it should be.