While all the benchmarks we ran showed that the i875P equipped AOpen AX4C-Max was faster than
the two i865PE motherboards we tested earlier, performance differences between
them were less then 1% in office based benchmarks and less the 5% in the
more intensive game-type tests. Of course this is not the fault of AOpen, rather the
We did have some problems running SysMark2002, it just would not complete a
full benchmark test. We didn't have any problems with any of the other tests
however, and as you can see the AOpen AX4C Max is quite fast.
The layout of the AX4C Max is excellent and any
user will not have any problems installing this motherboard into their case. From the location
of the main ATX power connector to the ATX12V and even the
floppy and IDE/Serial ATA ports everything is pretty much located in their most ideal spot.
We liked the fact that six USB
2.0 ports are positioned on the back panel of the motherboard, and other little things
like placing all the header connectors (IEEE 1394, Gameport, audio and front
panel I/O) at the bottom of the motherboard make things easy for the end user.
While Intel's "PAT" feature has potential, as the benchmarks have
shown it doesn't do much for performance at the moment. Memory intensive
applications get the biggest boost from "PAT," including games, and I would assume anything
that is heavily database related.
Like most other Intel i875P Canterwood based motherboards on the market, the AOpen AX4C Max is brand new, and thus
quite expensive at $260
CND ($185 US). Considering the price
against other i875P motherboards, the AOpen AX4C Max does offer
quite a bit of value considering all the integrated components.
After all, AOpen include 5.1 audio, IEEE 1394, Serial ATA/Serial ATA
RAID, Gigabit LAN and dual BIOS's to name just a few.
If you're looking for a new desktop motherboard for
internet surfing, or mundane office applications perhaps one of the cheaper i865PE boards would be a better buy as they offer
95% of the performance at 80% of the price. Of course if you must have the latest
and greatest, the AOpen AX4C Max will certainly keep you very happy with its dual
channel DDR and quick pace!
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