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Setting it up In short, this should be pretty easy for anyone Aopen AX3S to installing new motherboards. Its a bog-standard ATX size and the only jumper you really need to play with is the one to disable onboard sound.

Everything else is handled from within the BIOS. As I mentioned above, the maximum FSB available to me wasnot as stated on the spec sheet. Aopen AX3S setting is available but at first I thought it was resetting itself to the default every time I rebooted.

After much fiddling about, I discovered that I Aopen AX3S only make it stick by hitting the 'Save settings' F-key from within that BIOS screen, not from the main menu. Finally, on the good side, the BIOS can take readings off the boards inbuilt Winbond heat-sensors CPU and casewhich saves fiddling about with thermistors. I did briefly try getting it to run without doing a proper Windows reinstall, and of course it went flaky.

AOpen AX3S Motherboard Specs

In particular it caused some cross-linked file problems on my Maxtor hard drive which Windows ME seemed incapable of fixing, requiring a run at DOS scandisk. I can't really fault the board for this, I'm just the eternal optimist and a bit lazy. Windows ME seems to have all the drivers it needs for the chipset as part of the Aopen AX3S, so I did not bother with the supplied driver disk. Everything seemed happy once I did a proper reinstall. One final note in this section is on RAM.

Intel i815 / i815E Motherboard Roundup - August 2000

These boards only take up to megs of RAM in total, which could be a limiting factor for some people in 6 months from now. Aopen AX3S it is, a lot of gamers have megs of RAM, and I can foresee it not being long before this doubles again. A Aopen AX3S moan is that it won't accept one of my DIMMs generic stuff, but it works fine in my other systems.


Again I have read similar complaints elsewhere about Aopen AX3S not accepting all RAM, so be prepared for a bit of frustration if you have old RAM you want to use on the board. Overclocking and benchmarks Right then, down to the good stuff.

Review: Aopen Ax3S - Mainboard -

My processor is one of the very first flip-chip P3 s to be released. Given I doubt anyone who reads this actually runs boards at default clock speeds, I'll give you the Sandra benchies run from MHz Aopen AX3S my P3 i. Enough waffle, here we go. Test system.

AOpen AX3S Pro - Intel i / iE Motherboard Roundup - August

The chief business trick consists in the production of the small lots of exclusive boards. For example, the company has started production of the boards on the black textolite with platinum Aopen AX3S on a chipset heatsink; these boards have an engraved model, series number and its own name "Millenium Edition", "Black Beauty" etc.


Another exclusive representative is a board with the index "Pro" stands after model's name ; they have a golden heatsink. The "Pro" indicates that this product has some advantage in comparison with its usual Aopen AX3S. Moreover, the company went further: The complete set is also worth to mention: The manual, however, doesn't offer much information. It probably means that the board wouldn't cause you any problems. So, we are going to check it. It will perfectly suit any good ATX-case. The fact, that the board belongs to ATX form Aopen AX3S, you can feel from the name: For stable work of processors at high frequency the voltage jumps on the supply filter's output mustn't exceed mV at the supply voltage equal 2V. For uF capacitors of this board this figure is equal to mV.

The AOpen AX3S Pro is the latest in AOpen's "Pro" line of motherboards. The "Pro" line began with the AX6BC Pro Gold, an iBX board, and  BIOS‎: ‎Award Modular BIOS PG; AOpen Die. Board Revision: 1 BIOS Version: (July 7, ) Motherboards of Aopen's Pro series always come with Aopen AX3S features and the golden.

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