With the ever increasing number of virus attacks, power outages, and acts of mischief within the
family by well intentioned geeks, it's certainly a good idea to have
twin BIOS chips these days.
With a dual BIOS such as this,
one BIOS chip does nothing other than store the last good BIOS version for safe
keeping. If something ever happens to the main BIOS, the user can quite
easily re-flash it with the data
stored on the second BIOS.
Sure the odds of a power
failure happening when you're updating a motherboard to the latest BIOS revision
are slim.... but sending a motherboard out to be RMA'd can take weeks, and
that leaves you without a computer the entire time!
On that note we were also extremely
happy to find a full version of Norton AntiVirus 2003 included as the software bundle
for the AK77-600 Max. It's possibly the most powerful and
easiest antivirus software on the market today, and considering recent events, not being protected
from email worms, viruses, and exploits will almost guarantee your computer
becomes infected from the internet.
playing around with nForce2 boards for the last
little while, I really appreciate how little heat the VIA KT600 Northbridge generates.
In fact AOpen only had to place a small BX style cooler on the Northbridge
which is attached with some double sided tape to get the job done.
Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID support with the
new VT8237 southbridge is also a nice feature, and it gives VIA the upper hand
over nVIDIA in ever important battle for your hard earned dollar.Heatsink Clarances:
Heatsink Clearance Measurements|
||10 mm |
|Bottom (cam) Clearance:
||11 mm |
|Left Side (arm) Clearance:
||16 mm |
|Right Side Clearance
||27 mm |
|Socket Mounting Holes:
|Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions:
||~82x83 mm |
Note: Approx. measurements are made
from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle
taller than the ZIF socket itself.
The socket is 51mm across, and
62mm from top to bottom.
you with the older bolt on Socket A heatsinks will appreciate the four surrounding
mounting holes around the CPU socket. AOpen did a fair job
at clearing out the CPU socket area of obstructions too. Larger heatsinks such as
the Alpha PAL 8045 or Thermalright SLK-800A should have no problems.
The popular Thermalright SLK-900U may have some problems though, as its
large fins may hit some of the near by capacitors.