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AOpen AK79G MAX nForce2-GT Motherboard Review

AOpen AK79G MAX nForce2-GT Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Aiming for the mass markets generally means you get good value with AOpen products, and one such example of this is the AK79G Max nForce2-GT (Crush 18G) motherboard.
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Final thoughts on the Aopen AK79G Max

If you're looking for a run of the mill nForce2 based motherboard with a lot of integrated features, the AOpen AK79G MAX will not disappoint. Retailing for about $140USD the board packs a lot in thanks to the nVidia nForce2-GT chipsets, but doesn't quite manage to snag the highest performance peak in terms of overclocking.

With 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio care of nVidia's APU, Serial ATA, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, dual BIOS's and integrated video, there isn't much more you can ask for. If you do need to expand the Aopen AK79G MAX with its five PCI slots you have plenty of space. We happy to see AOpen bundles Norton Anti Virus 2003 with the AK79G MAX, with so many virus's out there you can never be too safe.

Because the AK79G MAX is based on a nForce2 chipset, good performance is a given. The AK79G MAX tends to lag behind just a tad when compared to other nForce2 based boards but the difference is very small and I doubt one would notice it.

The AOpen AK79G MAX has the potential to be a good overclocker but AOpen must give the end user multiplier control first. If they don't, overclocking will be very difficult.

There were a few things about the motherboard I did not like, I wish AOpen would include a sixth PCI slot on the bottom of the motherboard instead of an ACR. Consumer level ACR based devices are virtually impossible to find. With the CMOS battery standing up vertically, it's very fragile and could break off easily (it's only held on by three solder points). AOpen's Silent HW options are neat, but I was in for quite a shock when I found my CPU fan only running at 70% of its rated speed when the computer POSTs or is in the BIOS.

This is one of the first nForce2-GT boards to come across the test bench, and the possibilities all these built-in audio and video options bring to the table really make the computer more of an entertainment device then ever before. Paired with a processor like the AMD AthlonXP 3000+ the Aopen AK79G Max offers good performance levels, but doesn't manage to reign in the top spot. I would consider using the AOpen AK79G MAX because of its excellent stability and features, but, with an eye towards high-end enthusiast gaming I might consider using a board more on the wild side.

 

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Contents of Article: Aopen AK79G Max
 Pg 1.  AOpen AK79G MAX nForce2-GT Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Offering a lot in one package
 Pg 3.  The AOpen AK79G Max BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003 Pro
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  — Final thoughts on the Aopen AK79G Max

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