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Signal Ground: A Tale of Two Socket A Boards: AOpen AK33 and Soyo K7VTA

Oct 29, 2000, 11:40 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Treis)

[ Thanks to Tom Moran for this link. ]

"There's no doubt about it: AMD Durons and Athlons offer users the best bang for your buck right now. For everything from low-end servers down to glorified typewriters, there's an AMD Socket-A solution that fits the bill. But which motherboard should you use for that new Linux box? To help answer that question, we compare the latest mid-priced Socket A offerings from AOpen and Soyo...."

"Both boards use the VIA Apollo KT133 chipset and can support Athlon/Duron Socket-A CPUs with speeds up to 1 GHz. To test these boards, I used a 700 MHz Duron and a 128MB PC100 SDRAM DIMM. I did the majority of my testing using Linux-Mandrake 7.1...."

"At first glance, the Soyo board seems to be better outfitted than the AOpen board. For some strange reason, the AOpen folks chose not to put the second external serial port in the common spot -- I don't know why, since there's room for it right where other ATX boards put it. Instead, this port is found on a separate bracket that takes up one of the slots on your case. On a case like the Zephyr, this is no problem, but bracket-mounted ports always annoy me because they can be so easily bent."

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