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DDR for Pentium III: 10 Boards with VIA Apollo Pro 266

AOpen AX37 Plus - 6x USB

BIOS - Award R1.01A (02.02.2001)

Board revision - unknown

In contrast to the streamlined variant - the AX37 Pro - the AX37 Plus has a powerful RAID controller (Fast Trak 100) and Dual BIOS function. Otherwise, the AX37 Plus performs and functions very much like the Pro version.

AOpen AX37 Pro - CL2 Mode Not Possible

BIOS - Award R1.01A (02.02.2001)

Board revision - unknown

The AOpen AX37 Pro's black paint job truly makes it stand out. In contrast to the AX37 Plus, the board has neither RAID function nor Dual BIOS. The manufacturer could have omitted the AMR slot, since there are no components available on the free market for this type of slot. Some problems crop up when using special DDR memory modules. We couldn't get DDR SDRAM memory with a CAS latency of 2.0 to work. Not only that, but the board is the second worst in virtually all the benchmark disciplines. One exception to this general trend is the Linux benchmark, where the board wins hands down. One noteworthy feature is the diagnostic LED port (AOpen calls this feature "Dr. LED".)

Wrong design for the board layout - a capacitor on the Aopen board has been so poorly placed that we were forced to bend the slot plate on the graphics card in order to even operate the platform.