USB Compatibility

  • Number of Front Universal Serial Bus Root Ports: 0

  • Number of Rear Universal Serial Bus Root Ports: 2

  • USB IRQ Enable/Disable in BIOS: Yes

  • USB Keyboard Support in BIOS: Yes

Recommended SDRAM

SDRAM Tested: 1 x 64MB Mushkin PC100 SDRAM; 1 x 64MB Memory-Man PC100 SDRAM

Manufacturer: The Memory Man
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Manufacturer: Mushkin
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The Test

In recent times, choosing a motherboard cannot be completely determined by a Winstone score. Now, many boards come within one Winstone point of each other and therefore the need to benchmark boards against each other falls. Therefore you shouldn't base your decision entirely on the benchmarks you see here, but also on the technical features and advantages of this particular board, seeing as that will probably make the greatest difference in your overall experience.

AnandTech Testing Methodology

Test Configuration

Processor(s): Intel Celeron 366
RAM: 1 - 64MB Memory Man PC100 SDRAM DIMM
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC35100 - UltraATA
Video Card(s): Matrox Millennium G200 (8MB SGRAM - AGP)
Bus Master Drivers: Microsoft Win98 DMA Drivers
Video Drivers: MGA Millennium G200 Release 1677-411
Operation System(s): Windows 98
Motherboard Revision: AOpen MX3L Revision 1.0


Windows 98 Performance

  Winstone Quake 2
Business 99 Quake 2 demo1.dm2 crusher.dm2
Intel Celeron 366 (66MHz x 5.5) 17.8 15.7 11.0

The Final Decision

As for the best overall Socket-370 motherboard, the winner still seems to be ABIT with the BM6.  Where does the MX3L fall into the grand scheme of things?  A little short of ABIT, and definitely not up to par with the high expectations AnandTech has come to have from all AOpen products.   Is the MX3L a disappointment?  Not at all, but AOpen had the opportunity to do much more with the board. 

Let's hope that AOpen will continue to build on their Socket-370 line and release a competitor that is more worthy of the AOpen name.   Until then, if you're interested in a low-cost Socket-370 board, the MX3L is a good choice...just one that could have been a little better.

How it Rates

AnandTech Motherboard Rating

Performance 82%
Price 88%
Ease of Use 90%
Overclocked Stability 80%
General Stability 78%
Quality 88%
Documentation 94%
Reliability 80%
Overall Rating 85%

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