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AOpen i945Pa-PLF Black Limited

Manufacturer: AOpen
Supplied by: AOpen
Price: $129.00

by Brian Tiller (9/07/2005)


There are quite a few people out there who know a bit more about computers than I do. I've been around for a while and have seen PCs evolve significantly. From their most humble beginnings to those uber-fast gaming monsters that we'd all like to have. One of the most exciting things is the development of new technologies and getting to see how different manufacturers implement them. One of the 'new' developments recently has been the dual-core CPU. We've gone a couple of rounds with some offerings from Foxconn and today our the folks at AOpen are here to strut their stuff.

The AOpen i945Pa-PLF is based around Intel's 945P chipset supporting DDR2 and PCI-Express. AOpen has also added a few personal touches as well. One of these comes with the moniker "Black Limited." This refers to the black PCB that is backing the board as well as their Power Master feature. Let's grab a look at the specs posted on their website before we get ahead of ourselves though.


  • CPU: Intel LGA775 (Prescott, Cedar Mill, and Smithfield cores)

  • FSB: 533, 800 and 1066 (Yeah baby, gotta love that 1066)

  • Chipset:

    • Northbridge: Intel 945P

    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7

  • Memory: 4GB Max of DDR2 400/533/667

  • Sound: 7.1 channel onboard sound, Azalia Codec

  • Onboard 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN

  • Four onboard USB connections

  • Headers for four more USB connections

  • Onboard IEEE1394 FireWire

  • Expansion Slots

    • (1) PCI-Express x16

    • (2) PCI-Express x1

    • (3) PCI

  • Hard Drives

    • (1) IDE 100

    • (2) IDE 133

    • (4) SATA 2

  • (1) Floppy drive connection

  • (2) Onboard COM ports

  • (1) Onboard Parallel port

  • Form Factor: ATX

  • Size: 305 mm x 230 mm

There's quite a bit of stuff to this board, but unfortunately there is no RAID support.



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