Novice should have no problems installing the motherboard if they have to reference the manual for advice. The Northbridge chipset is to the left of the CPU socket, and is passively cooled. All trademarks used are properties of their respective owners. Unfortunately, AOpen did not address the few issues we brought up when we reviewed the virtually identical AK79G Max mainboard previously. AOpen chose an interesting alignment for the CMOS battery, in that it is perpendicular to the plane of the board. News [H]ard Forum Settings. These days if a board is sparse in terms of features, it’s frowned upon.
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AOpen chose to follow a pretty standard box layout, nothing really standing out in their implementation or box design. It’s not surprising as the the only real difference is the update nForce2-Ultra chipset.
AOpen AK79D-400 Max, Socket A, AMD Motherboard
They have always marketed some very innovative designs and features with their mainboards and they are now stepping up efforts here in the USA to broaden their market.
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Integrated in Chipset Max Overclocking: Of course you’ll recall that nVidia’s nForce2-SPP chipset officially supported the MHz based AthlonXP processors, but it was starting to get old nForce2 has been around for about 11 months already!
Read on to find out how well this board takes on the rest of the nForce and KT based solutions. The Northbridge chipset is to the left of the CPU socket, and is passively cooled.
There is no version number apparent anywhere on the board, but the serial number is clearly seen. The CPU socket area is clear of capacitors and other obstructions.
The most glaring thing missing from the board was the ATX12V connector. AOpen even included the 4 mounting holes around the socket, and left enough space around them for trouble free mounting of water cooling hardware. This allows for removal and replacement of the heatsink without having to first remove the motherboard from the case. Notice that it is passively cooled by a small aluminum xk79d-400. I’m very happy to see that board is bundled with useful software – hopefully this will be a growing trend.
AOpen did a commendable job on the board layout. All trademarks used are properties of their respective owners.
AOpen AK79D-400 Max – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 Ultra 400 Series
The JP2 jumper, which controls whether Dr. Since the MCP-T Southbridge generates a lot of heat, it’s reassuring to see a small passive heatsink there. There are a few xk79d-400 areas on the board however. The capacitors marked with an M come from an unknown manufacturer. It is not an AMD requirement, but we have come to rely on them being there as they have become commonplace in the industry for a reason.
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Novice should have no problems installing the motherboard if they have to reference the manual for advice. Ships with the following: This means that it would be impossible to seat or remove memory with an AGP card seated in the system.
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This makes for easy removal of the battery. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. This LED glows with an active power source connected to the board. Motherboard manufacturers have never packed so much into their products. First and foremost, is the way the CMOS battery is oriented; standing up on edge via three solder points means that it’s very fragile and mqx potentially get snapped off easily.
I was also pleased at how detailed the accompanying documentation was.