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Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup

Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Traditionally, Intel chipsets have always been the fastest and most stable for Intel processors; just consider the venerable i440BX, i815E or even the i850E.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Oct 23 2002   Colin Sun  
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Albatron PX845EPro

Albatron PX845EPro


Approx Price: Unknown
MFG Link: Albatron P4X845E Pro
Processor Intel Pentium4
Northbridge Intel i845E
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Three PC1600/2100
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated Video No
Shared Video Memory N/A
IDE 2 Ultra/100, 2 Ultra/133
AGP 4x AGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 6 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR 1 CNR
LAN 10/100 Intel 82562ET
Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1
USB 6 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, WoL, Memory Stick, Smart card

When we first looked at the Albatron PX845EPro which comes from a relative new comer to the motherboard industry we were very impressed. The question today is how it will fair against some tough competition where performance levels are the the sole deciding factor?

Looking at the benchmarks we know that the Albatron PX845E Pro does very well; it has the hardware to rival any other competitor and features like on board 10/100 LAN, 5.1 (software codec) audio, IDE RAID, memory stick and smart card compatibility and even dual BIOS's!

Even with the high level of integration, Albatron still kept the PX845EPro very upgradeable with a 4x AGP (1.5V lock), six PCI slots and three DIMM slots.

Overclockers will appreciate that at 133 MHz FSB you can enable the "266 MHz" memory operation which really means the memory is running faster then the FSB. This is extremely useful and helps give the PX845EPro better performance since it gives the P4 processor more bandwidth.

The BIOS on the PX845EPro is based on the Phoenix system which is very similar to the ones found on Asus motherboards. It's not any better or worse then the Award BIOS's we're used to, but it take a bit of getting use to.

In the BIOS, Albatron give the user a lot of power to change CPU voltages as high as 1.85V, FSB adjustments all the way up to 248 MHz FSB (in 1 MHz increments) and AGP voltage that can reach 1.6V. Memory voltages can also be tweaked to 2.8V if you feel your DDR is acting up.

In terms of overclocking we were able to get the test 1.6A up to a 163 MHz FSB, anything higher and the system refused to POST.

About the only thing we can complain about is the board's availability. I've received many e-mails from users asking where to buy only to tell them that I don't know. Hopefully Albatron can get this motherboard out quickly because it is one of the better boards that we've tested. So good in fact that it currently forms the basis of the PCstats.com Pentium 4 test system.

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup
 Pg 2.  The i845E, i845G and the new ICH4
 Pg 3.  Epox 4BEAV
 Pg 4.  Iwill P4GS
 Pg 5.  Epox 4G4A+
 Pg 6.  — Albatron PX845EPro
 Pg 7.  Abit BD7II-RAID
 Pg 8.  Abit BG7
 Pg 9.  Iwill P4ES
 Pg 10.  Abit IT7-MAX
 Pg 11.  Soltek SL-85DR2
 Pg 12.  ECS L4IBAE
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2002
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 19.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 20.  Best Value / Overclocking Motherboards
 Pg 21.  Best Overall Motherboard

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