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 AOpen AK77 Plus - Preamble
 Date  : Dec 24th, 2001
 Category  : Motherboards
 Manufacturer   : AOpen
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh
The Socket-A platform is ever popular, and ever expanding, with AMD gradually adding to the list of processors. Now, numerous chipset manufacturers have brought DDR to the platform; ALi with the ALi MAGiK1, VIA with the KT266 and KT266A, SiS with the SiS735, and AMD with the AMD760. While the initial revision of the MAGiK1 was targetted at the value segment of the market (eg. the ECS K7AMA), the solutions from VIA, SiS and AMD generally offer higher performance.

In our first Socket-A DDR motherboard review, we take a look at the AOpen AK77 Plus. Note that there are two versions of the motherboard, differentiable only by part numbers; one is based on the KT266, the other on the KT266A. The evaluation unit we received was the KT266 model. Without further ado, let's examine the AK77 Plus' brief technical overview :

AOpen AK77 Plus Specifications
CPU Type Socket-A / Socket-462
Chipset KT266 (VT8366 North Bridge, VT8233 South Bridge)
Form Factor ATX
FSB Speeds 100 - 248 MHz (1MHz increments)
CPU Core Voltages Auto Detect
1.100 - 1.850 V (0.25 V increments)
I/O Voltages 3.3 V
Memory Banks 3 184-pin DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots 1 AGP Slot
5 PCI Slots (5 Full Length)
0 ISA Slots
1 AMR Slot
Integrated Features On-board Audio (Analog Devices AD1885 AC'97 CODEC)
PROMISE FastTrack 100 Lite RAID
BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS 6.00PG
BIOS Revision R1.06

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