Approx Price: Unknown
Ultra/100, 2 Ultra/133|
ALC650 5.1 |
1 Parallel, WoL, Memory Stick, Smart
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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