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100/83.3/75/66 MHz F.S.B
Bus Architecture
32-bit AGP Bus,32-bit PCI Bus and 16-bit ISA Bus compatible

AGP 1.0 Compliance Interface Supports Both 1x and 2x Speed Mode with Sidehand Address Capability
PC Health Monitoring (Optional) Supports CPU Voltage, Fan Status, and System Temperature Detection
IntelŽ LANDesk Client Manager S/W and ASUS PC Probe Utility Bundled
Microsoft PC97 Logo (Design for Windows95, Windows98 and WindowsNT)
Novell Yes Test Approved
Solaris H/W x86 Certified
NSTL Year 2000 Test Approved

CD-ROM Contents
Auto Run Software Install Utility - ALiŽ Bus Master IDE Driver - IntelŽ LDCM Hardware Monitoring, DMI Browser and Remote Access Utility - CMI Audio Driver with S/W Wave Table Utility
ASUS PC Probe Hardware Monitoring Utility for Single Desktop User

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Chipset: ALiŽ M1541 Aladdin V AGPset to Support up to 100MHz System Bus, ALiŽ M1543 Super I/O Controller

Added Features:   OPL3 FM Synthesizer with Built-in Surround Sound Supports DirectX 5+ Direct Sound 3D or A3D Dual Power Connector 3V, 5V, 12V 20-Pin ATX Power Connector, Soft Power Supported 12-Pin Baby AT Power Connector


User Ratings:

Below is a list of how you, the users, rate this board: (higher is better!)

So Far 273 of you have given this board an Overall Rating Of: 82.15%
Ease of Installation Rating: 87.61
You rated the included documentation at: 80.92%
And rated your performance increase at 79.48%

The last few people to rate this board (that also left comments) had this to say:


Vincent Pau said: I am happy with this mainboard, which I have used for over a year. I am runing with Windows 98SE and an ATI All-in-Wonder Pro with 64MB of RAM, and it runs quite well.

Daffy said: Fully functional bord,no problems except for bios/tnt2 clashes early on, solved by flashing bios /latest card drivers. Easily o'clockable.

John White said: Quite p[ossibly the best example of Socket 7 technology around. Has been a flawless performer for the past year!!!

Tim Hanson said: Great board; Use ATI All in Wonder 128 32m AGP, ALI 4000 sound board, Viking 56k modem, Netgear FA310TX NIC. The ATI board requires up to date AGP drivers from the ASUS web site. After fighting another mainboard (M577) for almost a month, this board was


This Mainboard has received the following scores on our Graphics Card Survey!

Graphics ChipRatingSubmissions
3dfx-Voodoo38.673
Intel-i7408.01
S3-Savage3D7.01
nVidia GeForce2566.673
3Dfx-Voodoo-Banshee6.673

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  • Users experienced in overclocking have left the following comments:
    steven has pushed a CPU with a default speed of 500MHz up to 550MHz!
    Stability: 10
    Remarks: CPU only got hotter by 2 degrees Celcius. System ran for a week continuously now, doing seti@home.
    daffy has pushed a CPU with a default speed of 450MHz up to 495MHz!
    Stability: 10
    Remarks: multiplier at5, 2.5vcore reported[asus pc probe with m/board], runs ok, will increase bus speed next to xperimnt and get more SPEED
    Scott has pushed a CPU with a default speed of 450MHz up to 550MHz!
    Stability: 10
    Remarks: 5.0 X 110 @ 2.5 volts
    Gary Hollinger has pushed a CPU with a default speed of 450MHz up to 500MHz!
    Stability: 10
    Remarks: Unstable in Windoze98 at default 2.4v. Never stumbles at 2.5v. Won't load Win98 above 100MHz FSB. Idle temp=37c, 1 hour gaming temp=44c
    scott has pushed a CPU with a default speed of 450MHz up to 525MHz!
    Stability: 10
    Remarks: mulitiplyer 5.0, FSB 105, V-Core 3.0 volts 64meg generic PC-100mem, 6.1 gig quantum fireball EX6 hard drive, Voodoo 3 2000 agp, blaster 16 isa, Modem blaster 56k, win98 with all updates and IE 5.01

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    On 03-Oct-00, dave left the following
    Comment: nice board, I'm impressed with stability and speed (for a socket 7).

    On 18-Aug-00, Tim Hanson left the following
    Comment: Great board.. Acquired this board in response to a upgrade problem with a PCHIPS M577 mainboard. Noticed from the installation this board fitted better in case and cards seated correctly then prior mother board. Didn't have to bend the tabs on the boards up to make the cards seat into the sockets. Bootup went fine and defaults seem to realistic. Installed a ATI All in Wonder 128 32meg AGP, ALI 4000 sound card, Viking 56k modem card, and Netgear FA310TX NIC. Everything came up fine with exception the ATI card wouldn't install the drivers correctly. Checked ATI site and they recommended to get the latest AGP drivers from ASUS and this solved the problem. I can now run my ATI TV card and not crash and overall the system is running much better then with the older PCCHIPS motherboard. I would recommed this to anyone.

    On 07-Aug-00, John Morley left the following
    Comment: Big problems using this board with an ATI Rage 128 AGP card. System locks up when I load up a 3d game. I've got all the latest Ali Drivers and the latest BIOS from ASUS. Anyone else had the same problem?

    On 31-Jul-00, Nemezis left the following
    Comment: Great Board.. Very stable!

    On 26-Jul-00, Max left the following
    Comment: I using this MB 1 year with K6-2 333 up to 350 ( it's not max., just I don't want overclock more ) and changed many videocards, int. modems, sound cards. No problems with it. Just Riva Vanta 8M don't want work in 2x AGP. But in 1x Turbo mode - no problem too. Good mainboard.

    On 22-Jul-00, rip left the following
    Comment: I used this board to review the K6-2+. It ran perfectly stable at 500,550,600 and 617MHz. Although the board doesnt officially support the K6-2+ I was able to use Rawpower to enable write allocation and linear frame buffer optimization.

    On 06-Jul-00, peter left the following
    Comment: com ports are u/s although everything says there fine,will not axcept modem or serial mouse any help would be appreciated

    On 11-Jun-00, John left the following
    Comment: A good board had some trouble trying to overclock it but I kight just need to up the voltage a little more.

    On 02-Jun-00, Richard Stefanits left the following
    Comment: Manas, you should try to install ALi AGP 1,60 drivers. Mail me, if it doesn't help. RiCS

    On 02-Jun-00, Richard Stefanits left the following
    Comment: Hey Sjeng ! Try to install Ali AGP driver 1.60. I use an Octek Savage4 with 2x AGP and enabled sideband addressing. TNT2 and MGA G400 Should work too. Overclockers ! My 450 K6-2 runs at 550 MHz with 2,4V core voltage. I use a genuine intel Socket 370 Celeron Cooler, and 3 additional fans. One of my friends also has a 450 that is stable at 5,5 x 110. I think this board is much better than any other Ali M1542 based product. Richye

    On 01-Jun-00, manas left the following
    Comment: guys how did you install TnT2 chip graphics cards????? when i tried it rejected. Only S3 and Voodoo. what should i do?

    On 18-May-00, Jacques St-Louis left the following
    Comment: I installed 2 of these boards, one with a agp card and the other with a pci graphic card. The first one gives me a norton benchmark of 153 and the other of 45. What did i do wrong on the second installation?

    On 17-May-00, Neopolaris left the following
    Comment: Great board and easy to set up. My retail K6-2 333 CPU runs at 400MHz in this board until I replaced it with a $62 K6-3 400 CPU. That was with a stick of PC66 too. LOL I use a V3 2000 PCI for vids and a Esoniqs/Creative Labs sound card. I would recommend this board. Its good stuff.

    On 12-May-00, behnam ameri left the following
    Comment: i had asus5b-a.it has problem with many hardwares (udma modes-riva graphics-trident vga...) i chaned my bios with many bios files(from asus site). i worked on this MB more than 15 days.now its o.k.but if you want slecting a MB dont buy it.

    On 16-Apr-00, Paul left the following
    Comment: I don´t know if anyone have the same problem but my system always crash when I play 3D games. The problem is caused by my Live! Card. I change all drivers but nothing work! I´m now do a downgrade by my old AWE64 and all work´s great!Anybody helpme

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