12 Socket 370 Motherboards using VIA's Apollo Pro 133A

Azza 694TX

Board Revision: 1.1

BIOS Version: March 7, 2000

Azza's Socket 370 motherboard wants to be configured by two DIPswitch blocks. A power LED indicated standby or power-on mode. The board features the usual three DIMM sockets, four PCI slots, one ISA slot, AMR and AGP 4x. Two USB ports can be used directly, while two others can only be activated by purchasing the right adapter cable.

Modern systems require a sound system as well. To fulful this requirement, the board has an integrated AC97 codec with two internal audio-in headers. All connectors are described sufficiently in the manual as well as directly on the board. Even if other manuals may be even better, Azza did quite good work with it.

This board can be equipped with up to 1.5 GBytes SDRAM, which can also be ECC modules. If you should have some old memory modules you can reduce the memory speed by 33 MHz. So you can run a 133 MHz processor while using PC100 memory or a 100 MHz processor with PC66 memory.

After checking the design there's no reason to complain: The AGP card can be installed without the necessity to take care of the DIMM locks, all PCI slots can be equipped with full-size expansion cards and no cables will be interfering with other components.

Last but not least, a look at our benchmarks attests the Azza 694TX to be an average performer with average features. All tests were absolutely painless, as the board gave me no reason to complain.