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Aopen AX37 Plus Motherboard Review - AX37 Plus - Page 5

VIA has been battling it out with Intel for some time now; and nowhere is the battle more fierce than in the War for the Pentium 3 Processors. Come take a ride aboard Aopen AX37 Plus Motherboard as Jon "Albinus" Albiez let's us know how good the VIA chipset really is, as well as how Aopen handles implementing it.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 25, 2001 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Aopen



Did VIA right their wrongs in my mind? Well, yes and no. While the stability of the Apollo Pro 266 platform can't be denied in 2D Windows tasks, AGP stability is a little quirky. The GeForce2 MX refused to play fairly, and although the GeForce3 did run well, I had to run through hoops to make it work. VIA could learn a little from Intel here, with an i815E board you simply install the .INF file and you're done. With VIA based boards many people eagerly await the release of the next 4-in-1 driver to see if it will resolve any compatibility issues.


Not all of this is VIA's fault though. Much of the blame can be laid on software vendors and other component manufacturers not performing enough testing on VIA boards. Speed is not an issue, VIA has addressed these problems with gusto. AOpen should be commended for making an excellent board to support VIA's flagship Socket 370 DDR chipset. I eagerly await the Apollo Pro 266T, which has support for the new "Tualatin" Pentium III processor.


In rating this board, I could have easily given it a 9 or 9.5 due to its speed and feature set. Unfortunately, the AGP problems tarnish the otherwise sterling showing.


- Pros


Fastest chipset supporting the Pentium III processor


Supports DDR memory


Excellent performance


Onboard ATA-100 IDE RAID


6 PCI Slots


Die-Hard BIOS


- Cons


Poor AGP compatibility


Bit pricey for a Socket 370 board


Pentium III is aging technology, not very futureproof


Rating - 7.5/10


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