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. 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. The only issue is a mechanical one – at by millimetres, this is an unusually large motherboard. It’s a built-for-speed overclockers’ board, designed to give you the best possible chance of getting your CPU running substantially faster than the sticker says it should. But there’s no harm in using it, if you’ve got it. With its built in sound and reasonable price, this board would actually do fine as the basis for a plain vanilla PC, running an old Celeron or something.
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Then again, quite a few Coppermine Celerons are happy at MHz or even a bit more – with, as usual, a bit more voltage and a chunky cooler – if that’s the case with yours, the AX34 Pro II is fine. First up, it’s got lots of Uadio speed adjustment potential, which I’ll deal with in detail in the “Overclocking” section below.
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The AMR slot’s pretty much useless. Unlike the old black AX6BC, the black AX34 comes in a box with a window and a see-through clamshell plastic case, so it doesn’t look normal even sitting on the shelf. 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’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 Aucio, memory, video, PCI, audio, hard drive and keyboard status. Many overclockers, being fanatical gamers, don’t want on-board sound – they want their shiny four-output positional audio board. It raises certain questions about one’s life priorities.
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Higher voltage means more heat. The AX34 Pro II would be an excellent choice for the Socket overclocker even if it was the same boring green as most other motherboards; the black-and-silver look is a bonus. There’s also the usual drivers-and-manual CD, that gives you the manual again in Adobe Acrobat format as well as the support software for the board, and a free copy of Norton AntiVirus v6.
Now, to most people, a black motherboard is about as interesting as a shiny enamelled engine for their car. The surface finish on a heat sink that’s primarily cooled by air flow is pretty much completely irrelevant, but it sure looks purty.
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.
Even aaopen spread spectrum disabled, though, you only get 66, 75, 78, 81 and 83MHz settings below MHz, which means this board isn’t well suited to red-line Celeron overclocking.
Well, you have if it works, anyway. Most people don’t audoo to interpret a BIOS beep code more than a few times in their lives. Thank heaven it’s actually a good motherboard, that’s all I can say.
You might as well get something cheaper. And very high FSBs – at the moment, MHz still qualifies as “very high” – make large demands on the motherboard design.
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.
AOpen are rather more forward about the overclocking potential of their products than most other manufacturers. And many host based modems have compatibility problems with some other modems. This seems simple enough, but changing the FSB also changes the speeds audik which other buses in the computer run.
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But many of them can get surprisingly close. But if your RAM can’t manage it, it doesn’t matter with a board like this. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying, though. That doesn’t mean the board’s not happy running CPUs at stock speed – alpen if that’s all you want to do, you might as well buy a cheaper motherboard.
And you may well have cause to do so. Overall Want a top-class Socket motherboard? The AX34 Pro 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. Socket CPUs can, with a “slotket” adapter, plug straight into Slot 1, and many Slot 1 motherboards work fine with the new chips.
It just says the name of the offending subsystem, in English, Chinese, Japanese or German, depending on the setting of another jumper block. With its built in sound and reasonable price, this board would actually do fine as the basis for a plain vanilla PC, running an old Celeron or something.
Again, I’m not sure how useful this feature is. 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.