"The AX3S Pro is AOpen's first board to utilize Intel's i815E
(otherwise known as Solano2) chipset. This is Intel's long awaited
SDRAM enabled chipset that is quickly going to replace the long in
the tooth but still popular BX chipset. According to Intel's road
map the BX is going to be phased out by the end of the year and the
i815E will continue to ramp into designs."
"The best supported Linux OS is certainly Red Hat 6.2. When
using the integrated video portion of the AX3S, all of the Intel
driver documentation is written with RH6.2 in mind. I found that
loading RH6.2, while utilizing the embedded video, required the
selection of a generic VGA adapter during setup. Then I was able to
carefully follow the driver installation details provided by Intel
in getting the i810/i815 X server working. All in all, Intel does a
superb job of hand holding and even a newbie like myself was able
to make it work."
"Conclusions The AOpen AX3S is simply one of the finest motherboards I've
ever had the pleasure to test. The attention to detail was superb,
the feature set completely modern and the stability and performance
awesome. There are certainly other boards on the market that
may equal the quality of this AOpen i815E offering, but I doubt any
boards surpass it in many areas. ... As far as the Signal Ground
team is concerned, this board is highly recommended."