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Signal Ground: AOpen's AX34 Pro II a.k.a. the Black Beauty [Motherboard Review]

Nov 13, 2000, 23:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Moran)

[ Thanks to Tom Moran for this link. ]

"If you're in the market for a unique Socket 370 motherboard with a cool look and features galore, you'll definitely want to consider the AOpen AX34 Pro II mainboard. This is yet another full featured design built upon the ever popular VIA Apollo Pro 133A chipset and sporting a unique black PWB material (hence the nickname - Black Beauty). The SignalGround team employs OSes ranging from Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 to Red Hat 7 and even Windows ME as we explored this board's stability and compatibility."

"If your getting the impression that AOpen is one of our favorite motherboard manufacturers, you're right. Not only have we been extremely impressed by the quality of their products, AOpen openly supports Linux (as evidenced by our past industry overview article). The last Socket 370 board from AOpen we reviewed, the AX3S Pro, got a totally thumbs up review as we stated that it was among the elite boards we?ve been able to test. Following on the heels of that excellent design comes this new design being referred to as the Black Beauty, the AOpen AX34 Pro II. The picture below can't really do justice to how cool it is to see a board laminate that is totally black. It's a real head turner to finally get to hold one in your own hands and give it a closer inspection."

"The AX34 Pro II is based on the VIA Apollo Pro 133A (694X) chipset and includes the majority of features found on all previous Apollo Pro designs and even adds to that list. AOpen decided to use a specially formulated BLACK PWB laminate for this board to give it a very distinctive look and hopefully add to its high end appeal. Previously AOpen had used the BLACK PWB material on a specially released Millenium edition of the AX6BC. Also included is an extra large silver aluminum heatsink on the VIA northbridge chip which adds to the board's overall good looks."

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