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AOpen AX4SPE Max i865PE Motherboard Review

AOpen AX4SPE Max i865PE Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The release of the Intel i865 'Springdale' chipset comes today, and Intel has released no fewer than three flavours (i865P/G/PE) to choose from.
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External Mfg. Website: Aopen May 21 2003   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and the BIOS

The particular motherboard we received for testing is an engineering sample and there were some anomalies which held us back from running the system above 200 MHz FSB; consequently we were not able to overclock. This did not affect the stock results however, and we're working with Aopen on this and should have overclocking results in the near future for you to check out.

The BIOS:

AOpen uses an Award BIOS for their AX4SPE motherboard and it has all the usual tweaks we have come to expect from a performance motherboard.

As you can see we have the usual memory tweaks from CAS Latency to RAS to CAS delay and even RAS Precharge. We can also change the AGP Aperture Size in the Advanced Chipset options.

The FSB goes to 300 MHz FSB in 1 MHz increments. CPU voltage only goes to a maximum of 1.6V so hardcore overclockers will have to modify the motherboard or CPU to hit those higher voltages. AGP can be raised to 1.8V and memory to 2.8V. Up next are the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Aopen AX4SPE Max
 Pg 1.  AOpen AX4SPE Max i865PE Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Meet the i865PE and CSA, ICH5R
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking and the BIOS
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Winbench 99 and SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  A worthy mainstream motherboard

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