For starters, this gave them the flexibility to add in new components easily without the need to spend the time and money in redesigning the whole motherboard. This PCB design has a decent layout. Being one of the most profitable motherboard manufacturers, AOpen does not stop there. Aopen skipped the entire AMD chipset board line. You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
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There are several advantages in doing that. As we have mentioned many times, even though implementation of the multiplier ratio settings is not part of the VIA KT chipset specifications, many users have considered this feature a standard for recent KT motherboards. Aopen have apparently heard these calls and have released a new motherboard, the AK73 Pro which we are reviewing today at TweakTown.
Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada’s website. As a good listener to users’ needs, the AK73 Pro includes the ability to modify the multiplier ratios.
This truly was a versatile motherboard. For the core voltage, users can choose from 1. It seems that AOpen always listens to user’s comments when producing a new board, as often suggestions seem to be implemented in sequent products.
Moreover, the IDE connectors as well as the floppy connector are located right in front of the DIMM slots, so they will not affect the placement of any add-on cards. On the other hand, it is not hard for users to unlock their processors for overclocking, and most AMD processors can sustain quite some overclocking. Changing the multiplier ratio is done through a set of 4 dipswitches where users can choose from sixteen settings between 5 and For starters, this gave them the flexibility to add in new components easily without the need to spend the time and money in redesigning the whole motherboard.
However, if you set the jumper for the MHz to MHz range, the system will not boot. This was not possible with the Ak37 chipset, which was designed only for MHz operation and when overclocked tops out around MHz.
The layout for the board is very clean, and AOpen did a very good job with the placement of different components. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Being one of the most profitable motherboard manufacturers, AOpen does not stop there. With AOpen’s motherboards, most people have classed them as low end motherboards, mostly because of ak7 lack of features and in the past some of their benchmark scores were pretty bad.
The only exceptions, aopeh you got really picky, would be the color of the PCB and the heat sink on the North Bridge, and the choice of some capacitors. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Aopen was one of the last companies to come into the K7 market. Aj73 skipped the entire AMD chipset board line.
AK73 Pro(A) AOPEN Motherboard Mainboard Driver Manual BIOS
Log in Don’t have an account? And most important, can this motherboard compete with other KTA motherboards that will be appearing in the market soon? You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
This does not mean that AOpen is has gotten lazy, but rather they planned ahead with the original design of the AK73 Pro. Aoppen in Don’t have an account?
The placement of the power supply connector is very appropriate, as the power supply cables do not block the CPU or the heatsink and fan unit. Lay the AK and the Oapen Pro side by side and you will notice that the layouts of the boards look awfully similar. Based on the KT chipset this board also came into the KT battle late. They always try to improve themselves by releasing different varieties of a product.
AOpen AK73 Pro – motherboard – ATX – Slot A – KT133A
This board was also criticized for being slow and not very tweakable. Click here to enlarge. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Aopen is one of the most diverse multimedia companies on the market and make a range of affordable PC components, which includes; CD and DVD ROM’s, video and sound aopn, network and modem devices, cases and motherboards.