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AOpen AX5T-3.1 Motherboard Review
 
 
 
Manufacturer: AOpen corp.
Chipset: Intel TX
Form Factor: ATX
L2 Cache: 512KB
Bus Speeds: 60/66/75/83mhz
Clock Multipliers: 1.5x - 5.5x
Voltage: 2.0v-3.52v
Expansion Slots: 4ISA/4PCI 1 Shared
Memory Slots: 4SIMM / 2DIMM
Price:  119$
Vendor: Grumpmicro
 
 

PROS: 

Stable as a rock! Supports 83mhz bus. Expandable. Support for future clock multipliers and voltages. 
 

CONS: 

Expensive (except for at grumpmicro , there , everything is cheap :) Can only cache 64k ram. (Intel TX chipset limitation) No Softmenu. 
 

RATING: 

9.5/10 

BIOS SETTINGS:

FAST ones! Unless you have cheap SDRAM. Basically , this board is very stable so bios settings shouldn't give you any trouble. The manual does a decent job explaining all of the settings.
 
 
 

      The one thing that everyone who has ever used this motherboard remembers is the CD-ROM that came with the motherboard. Since when do motherboards need a software bundle? Well , AOpen was nice enough to package their motherboard with Norton Anti-Virus , and many more useful utilities. ( I am too lazy to list them all , as I did in my previous review :) Most of them are hardware monitoring software and Bus mastering devices. Also a small telecommunication program in included. Well , enough of that , on to the meaty stuff. The latest revision of AOpen's AX5T combines the features of the Intel TX chipset , 83mhz bus speed , 4 ISA/4PCI slots , and future clock multipliers which when coupled with the 83mhz bus speed allow CPU's running at up to 450+mhz! The AX5T comes with a very comprehensive manual which explains just about everything you could ever want to know about a motherboard in utmost detail (it would be perfect were it not for the grammar :) The AOpen AX5T - 3.1 can best be described as a rock. This is the most stable most solid board I have ever encountered. Much of this boards stability is due to the high quality components AOpen uses in its motherboards.  I would not be surprised if some of the newer socket 7 chips can be clocked at 83.3x5.5 with this board! I have managed to clock a 6x86pr200 at 200mhz without upping the voltage! (83.3x2  worked flawlessly even with EDO RAM!) The AX5T-3.1 is not only a stable board , but an excellent performer as well. The AX5T gives a noticeable improvement over generic boards and ranks right at the top in performance. (Though most decent motherboards are within a few percentage points when it comes to Winstone , in real world tests , the difference is negligible) Though the AX5T is an excellent performer , I would recommend purchasing this board not for the performance , but for the features and upgradability. The board features 4ISA and 4PCI slots for maximum upgradability in the future. The 2.0v and 5.5x multiplier support only adds to this boards excellent feature list. Even such a great board like this one though still has its weaknesses. Most of the weaknesses of the AX5T are really little problems which won't bother most people. One small problem is the use of jumpers instead of DIP switches , or better yet , Softmenu. Also , the AX5T is picky about SDRAM , so don't give it any generic crap , because it is highly unlikely that it will like it. (It will probably work , but if you wanna push the bus speed , it may cause problems) Overall , the AX5T-3.1 is an excellent board. It combines ultimate stability with great performance and expandability. I would highly recommend this board to tweakers and overclockers , as well as those looking for a good long term investment. (Though nothing in the tech world is really long lasting :)

--Rage 

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