AOpen n250a-FR Motherboard Review :: Introduction

11-22-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

AOpen has been around for years making motherboards and other computer equipment. Part of the Acer consortium, AOpen is backed by over 20 years of PC manufacturing experience. They make motherboards based upon many different chipsets from manufacturers like nVidia, Intel and SIS not to mention VIA.

The AMD chipset market has been in a state of change recently, much like the Intel market. The Socket 754 Athlon 64 CPUs have been replaced on the high-end by the 939 CPUs. nVidia, ATI, and Via have released chipsets supporting PCI Express graphics cards, based on the nForce4, Xpress 200, and K8T890 chipsets. The previously popular 754 motherboards are now relegated to Sempron and the older Athlon 64 CPUs. It's unlikely that we'll see faster Athlon 64 CPUs for the Socket 754 platform, but it's still a viable platform for the budget minded gamer.

nVidia entered the motherboard chipset market in 2001 with the nForce series. Known mainly as a video card manufacturer, nVidia is still one of the most recognized names when purchasing a motherboard to support AMD CPUs. The nForce2 platform is still the most popular Athlon XP chipset on the market, nForce3 250Gb is also extremely popular on the 939 platform.