AOPEN AX34 AUDIO DRIVER
High speed operation of a complicated piece of electronics full of conductive traces in complex patterns, without interference problems, is tricky. Since all the switch does is take over the function of the jumper on the three pin header into which it plugs, you could use any dual pole single throw switch to do the same job. It also makes it easy to make use of lower capacity modules from your old motherboard, and add more RAM, without running out of slots. It’s a very intuitive way to see how far the POST got – there are eight lights, and the first seven illuminate from right to left to indicate CPU, memory, video, PCI, audio, hard drive and keyboard status. But if you don’t like the AC97 sound, you can always disable it. For hardware enthusiasts, though, a black board with all the latest twiddly bits makes an excellent core for the latest revision of their screaming top-spec game machine.
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There’s a good chance it will. It clearly doesn’t add much to the price of the board.
Genuine AOPEN AX34 Pro II Socket 370 Motherboard Tested Working
Still, if you’re doing heavy duty 3D rendering or database serving or wx34 else that needs scads of RAM, a four-slot motherboard’s a nice thing to have. The AX34 Auddio II also uses four-way memory interleaving by default, if it’s got enough memory “sides” to do it some memory modules are single sided, some are double sided. AOpen also refer to this board in their press bumf as “Black Beauty”. Cynics might suggest that it’s fairly easy to meet, say, Liberian Army computer materials specs.
Since all the switch does is audko over the function of the jumper on the three pin header into which it plugs, you could use any dual pole single throw switch to do the same job. AOpen’s made another black motherboard.
AX34 AOPEN Motherboard Mainboard Driver Manual BIOS
But with three-wire fans, the headers let system monitoring software keep tabs on the fan speed, which is a handy feature.
It’s got the standard ATX mounting screw holes, but it may be a tight fit in smaller cases. Interleaving makes RAM bandwidth look a lot more impressive in some benchmarks, but for desktop computer tasks makes no difference to speak of to actual system performance.
And you may well have cause to do so. It raises certain questions about one’s life priorities. AMR modems are dirt cheap it’s now possible to buy them retail – only system integrators could get them at first but they’re all “host based modems” that need special drivers in order to work.
Overclocking The AX34 puts the big fat CPU power supply smoothing capacitors far enough away from the processor socket that there should be room to mount the most outrageous of chip coolers. It’s a very intuitive way to see how far the POST got – there are eight lights, and the first seven illuminate from right to left to indicate CPU, memory, video, PCI, audio, hard drive and keyboard status.
If you don’t have any interest at all in souped-up computing, though, this isn’t the motherboard for you. This doesn’t make a huge amount of difference, though; you don’t need to upgrade from Slot 1 just to use a newer Intel CPU.
There’s no point using the AMR slot for audio, because the AX34 Pro II, unusually for an overclockers’ board, includes ACcompliant plain vanilla audio hardware, with the usual couple of inputs and single output on its rear-panel connector block, and on-board connectors for internal sound sources like modems and CD-ROM drives. Four drives only, but no boot difficulties. First up, it’s got lots of CPU speed adjustment potential, which I’ll deal with in detail in the “Overclocking” section below.
For hardware enthusiasts, xudio, a black board with all the latest twiddly bits makes an excellent core for the latest revision of their screaming top-spec game machine. Of course, you can run fans from plain power supply connectors as well; you don’t need to use any motherboard fan headers if you don’t want to.
Not that the Pro II’s particularly expensive. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying, though. Aopeb very high FSBs – at the moment, MHz still qualifies as “very high” – make large demands on the motherboard design. And many host based modems have compatibility problems with some other modems.
The Pro II accommodates them with three speed-sensing three-pin fan headers, one of them near the AGP slot for after-market video card coolers. Audioo voltage means more heat. The surface finish on a heat sink that’s primarily cooled by air flow is pretty much completely irrelevant, but it sure looks purty. The AMR slot’s pretty much useless. Because the same drivers work with any Apollo Pro Xa34 motherboard and the hardware’s essentially identical, there’s no significant difference in raw performance between them when they’re running the same hardware at the same speed.
It also makes it easy to make use of lower capacity modules from your old motherboard, and add more RAM, without running out of slots. Give Dan some money!
But if your RAM can’t manage it, it doesn’t matter with a board like this. Normal users are only likely to put a maximum of Mb of RAM on the board anyway, because they don’t want to pay the premium for bigger-thanMb memory modules. AOpen are rather more forward about the overclocking potential aaudio their products than most other manufacturers.