AOpen AK77-333 Motherboard

ak77-333

Introduction

I recently reviewed the AOpen AK77 Pro(A)-133 motherboard which has the KT266a chipset. The AOpen AK77-333 has the newest and best AMD chipset on the market, the Apollo KT333. The VIA Apollo KT333 is the first VIA chipset to feature DDR333 memory offering 25% more memory bandwidth to the CPU. Supporting DDR200/266/333 memory and a complete range of 200/266MHz Front Side Bus AMD Athlon™ XP and AMD Duron™ processors, the VIA Apollo KT333 provides lightning fast access to the faster system memory enabling stunning performance across the full application range.

  • Supports AMD Duron™ and Athlon™ Socket A processors
  • 200/266MHz FSB settings
  • Support for AGP 2X/4X
  • Supports up to 4.0GB DDR200/266/333 SDRAM
  • 266MB/sec high bandwidth North/South Bridge V-Link
  • Support for Advanced Communications Riser (ACR) Card Standard
  • Integrated 6 channel AC-97 Audio
  • Integrated MC-97 Modem
  • Integrated 10/100 BaseT Ethernet and 1/10Mb HomePNA controller
  • Support for ATA 33/66/100
  • 6 USB ports, UHCI compliant
  • Advanced power management capabilities including ACPI/OnNow and AMD’s PowerNow™
  • 552-pin BGA VT8366A North Bridge
  • 376-pin BGA VT8233 South Bridge The AOpen AK77-333 has many cool features, most of which you will see in more detail later in this review. Before I continue I just want to point out a few of the new cool features. The biggest thing about this motherboard is that it officially supports 2700 DDR, this motherboard supports ATA-133, it has 8 USB ports, 4 of which are USB 2.0, it support SPDIF interface, and it also comes with Norton Antivirus.
  • Support 266MHz(EV6) System Bus for AMD Athlon / XP & Duron Socket A CPU
  • Support PC2700 / PC2100 / PC1600 DDR SDRAM
  • Jumper-less Design
  • CPU clock ratio from 5.0 to 12.5
  • Support 1X / 2X / 4X  AGP mode
  • AC’97 2.2 Audio support / Audio Codec onboard (5.1 channel)
  • Supports 4 USB V2.0 ports via additional USB2.0 cable (optional)
  • Supports 4 USB V1.1 ports (via optional USB cable)
  • Enlarged Aluminum Heatsink for Better Heat Dissipation
  • CPU Vcore Adjustment for Overclockers through BIOS Setting (1.1V ~1.85V)
  • Dr. LED (Upgrade optional)
  • Watch Dog Timer
  • Support SPDIF interface
  • AC Power on Auto Recovery
  • DIE-HARD BIOS with External Controller (Upgrade optional)
  • Hardware Monitoring
  • 1MHz Stepping Frequency Adjustment
  • Chassis Intrusion Detector
  • Support Ultra DMA/133 HDD (Additional UDMA/133 Cable included)
  • Wake-On-LAN / / RTC Timer / Keyboard / Mouse
  • PCI Rev 2.2 Compliant
  • Resetable Fuse Providing Short Circuit Protection for Keyboard and USB Device
  • ACPI S3 (Suspend to RAM) and S4 (Suspend to Disk)
  • AOpen Bonus Pack CD (Norton Anti-Virus included)