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Albatron PX845PE Pro II Motherboard Review

Albatron PX845PE Pro II Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this relatively short time, they have earned themselves a much deserved reputation for high quality, overclockability, innovation.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Dec 20 2002   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the PX845PE ProII

We've had quite a bit of success overclocking Albatron motherboards in the past, however the P4 2.8 GHz processor has never really pulled its weight. I guess I shouldn't have killed that nice P4 2.6BGHz chip.... sigh.

We began to raise the FSB slowly and we hit our first problem at 143 MHz FSB. Once we raised the CPU core voltage to 1.6V everything stabilized so we started going higher once more. At 148 MHz FSB we would encounter BSOD's while loading Windows, so we raised the voltage yet again, this time to 1.65V.

We hit the wall once we past the 150 MHz FSB threshold. No matter what we did we just could not get the system to work stable. The i845PE chipset and Albatron boards are usually very good overclockers, and I'm 100% positive that if I were using the P4 2.66B (may it rest in piece(s)) we could go higher. Unfortunately we were being held back by our processor in this event.

IDE RAID Explained

IDE RAID 0 is not really considered a true RAID since there isn't any data redundancy. RAID 0 takes two drives of the same size/configuration and stripes them, meaning it makes one big drive out of two equal ones. This improves performance by cutting hard drive latency in half. Since the data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two. The reason it's not considered true RAID is because if one drive fails, all data is lost.

IDE RAID 1 on the other hand mirrors two drives of the same size, so in theory if one drive fails, the other will take over as the primary hard drive and the system can continue to operate normally. This is what is supposed to happen with a SCSI hard drive setup and it actually works pretty well there.


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The IDE subsystem doesn't allow hard drives to be disconnected while the computer is still powered up and in use like SCSI can unless you have a special HDD tray. Generally, when one IDE drive fails the system usually locks up anyway. The data is safe since it's mirrored on the other drive which is the real benefit.

With IDE RAID 0+1, you need four hard drives of the same configuration/size. What RAID 0+1 does is stripes two sets of two hard drives, one set for a RAID 0 configuration and the other for RAID 1. What this does is offer the best of both worlds, the high performance of RAID 0, with 100% data redundancy of RAID 1. Hence the name RAID 0+1. The only downside would be the need for four identical hard drives.

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Contents of Article: Albatron PX845PE
 Pg 1.  Albatron PX845PE Pro II Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the PX845PE ProII
 Pg 3.  The Albatron's BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Sandra, PCMark 2002
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, QIII Arena
 Pg 8.  The Conclusion

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