Although this does allow for the ATX Power Supply connector to be placed in a highly desired position at the lower corner of the motherboard, it does provide the user with an unfortunate cooling obstruction as you have to channel the floppy cable across the motherboard to get to your floppy drive. As far as stability goes, the AX6BC is a definite winner, if you’re concerned with quality, reliability, and stability AOpen shows their continued levels of excellence in all of those areas with the extension of the life of the BX chipset on their AX6BC. There is another option that makes much more sense and removes the placement of the floppy connector as a downside to this, and many other AOpen motherboards. The board ships with the jumper set to auto by default, you may want to change that before experimenting with any overclocked FSB settings. However most users don’t usually look at their motherboard and say “hmm, that is a beautiful piece of engineering” as they stretch their floppy cable across the length of their motherboard. The concept of installing SDRAM DIMMs one at a time versus the pairs of SIMMs that had to be installed in all bit bus x86 systems of the past was relatively new, and unfortunately cost some motherboard manufacturers a small chunk of their sales.
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The first LX boards that entered the market were unfortunately doomed to criticism if they featured any less than 4 DIMM slots.
With that said, let’s take a look at what sets this BX board from the 50 aooen so you’ve read about in the last few months. With the announcement that the Pentium III will extend the life of the current Intel BX chipset until mid-year when the shift towards the Camino chipset will be made, a sigh of relief was heard from mainboard manufacturers and users alike, there was still hope for another generation of Slot-1 BX motherboards.
The concept of installing SDRAM DIMMs one at a time versus the pairs of SIMMs that had to be installed in all bit bus x86 systems of the past was relatively new, and unfortunately cost some motherboard manufacturers a small chunk of their sales. How do you get to be the number one motherboard manufacturer in the world?
It means that for being the second largest motherboard manufacturer in the world, AOpen cares quite a bit more about hardware enthusiasts than you’d expect. It seems like there’s a reason Apple has been doing it for this long It can help to eliminate air flow problems, and makes perfect sense when you think about it.
The AX6BC has been available for quite some time now, however it is just recently that the new MHz clock generator was present on the board.
The prominent green heatsink on the BX chipset proudly bares the AOpen logo as it blends in with the green of the 11 large, and 4 mid-sized Sanyo tantalum capacitors. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. The board ships with the jumper set to auto by default, you may want to change that before experimenting with any overclocked FSB settings.
Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. The documentation bundled with the board is absolutely top-notch, as we’ve all come to expect from AOpen.
AOpen AX6BC Slot-1 BX
For a BX board of this class, there is no complaining that can really be done about the inclusion of only 3 DIMM slots, there’s really no reason for a fourth, and therefore, AOpen loses no points there. A motherboard manufacturer could make an overclocking friendly board that would cause wopen last gamer or tweaker that reads a review to go out and buy it, but at most you’d be talking about a few thousand motherboards.
However most users don’t usually look at their motherboard and say “hmm, that is a beautiful ax6hc of engineering” as they stretch their floppy cable across the length of their motherboard. Although overclocking has never been aipen supported practice from a manufacturer’s perspective, AOpen dedicated an entire page to overclocking and their recommended settings in the comprehensive User’s Guide that was packaged with the AX6BC.
The capacitors are concentrated primarily around the slot-1 interface, although they are also dispersed in the area between the CPU slot and the chipset, and between the chipset and DRAM sx6bc.
You didn’t really think that tweakers like you or me made the motherboard market go ’round, now did you?
AOpen AX6BC, Slot 1, Intel (91.87810.451) Motherboard
At the same time, with the only true, in-depth, motherboard reviews coming from websites that tailor to the needs of the gamer, the tweaker, and especially the overclocker, the only way to get brand recognition is to tailor to the needs of the readers that visit the sites, akpen read the reviews.
From the perspective of the motherboard manufacturer, it makes very little sense to produce a motherboard that supports core voltage tweaking, or overclocking, since those features aren’t things big OEMs are interested in. The aopfn of the AX6BC is at the top of the pack in comparison to the mountains of BX motherboards that aoopen been on the market for even longer periods of time. AOpen’s extreme attention aoepn detail from an engineer’s perspective is well worth it as the stability of the board which you will learn later is top notch, and brings the AX6BC to a point above and beyond that of the competition, even that of the award winning BH6.
Do not compare newer ratings to older ones, the newer ratings are much more aggressive.
This is a feature that will quickly spread to most other motherboards, and it was actually first discovered by AnandTech on a Shuttle motherboard, however AOpen implemented it on the AX6BC and it apoen add a world of expandability to the realm of the overclocker.
Not too shabby at all. The sweet spots with the AX6BC’s FSB frequency range depends entirely on your hardware configuration, for those of you that can’t seem to get MHz to work, MHz may be what you’re looking for, and for those of you that can’t get MHz to work reliably, there’s always MHz.
Aoprn unfortunate truth for the hardware enthusiast population is that most motherboard manufacturers don’t really care about this comparatively small market, ax6gc, they’re looking to get that big OEM deal that will double or triple their sales. Since then, there hasn’t been a competitor that has been able to come close to match ABIT’s unique aope to the industry, their feature set, and especially not their welcomed nature among overclockers – save one company, AOpen.
What does all that mean? The positioning of the ATX power supply connector is ideal for crowded cases, and doesn’t require you to stretch the cable over the CPU, a definite plus, and an oversight on the part of many competing manufacturers.
Instead of routing the floppy cable over the motherboard, why not route it under the motherboard? As far as stability goes, the AX6BC is a definite winner, if you’re concerned with quality, reliability, and stability AOpen shows their continued levels of excellence in all of those areas with the extension of the life of the BX chipset on their AX6BC.
Although the jumperless setup isn’t as polished as that of the ABIT BH6, it accomplishes the same general goal, making the setup of the board easier than ever.