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Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review

Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The nForce2 has held top spot in the AMD chipset world for the last year without much effort.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Sep 03 2003   Colin Sun  
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Socket Clearances

Users with longer AGP videocards such as the GeForce4 Ti4600, GeForceFX 5800/5900 or even ATi Radeon 9800 Pro will have to remove the card before installing more memory on this board. That's the price to pay if you want to have six PCI slots on a motherboard...

The KX18D Pro II is a bit of a tease, it offers some of the most versatile voltage options I've ever seen on a stock motherboard, yet, the KX18D Pro II suffers from a congested area around the CPU socket. The board also lacks the four PCB mounting holes that AMD used to require. I hazard to say that if those two little points where checked off, this nForce2 mobo would at the top of the list for any enthusiast with their eyes set on overclocking. Still, you can't keep a good horse down for such trivial things, now can you?

PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 11 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 6 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 26 mm
Right Side Clearance 16 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: N/A
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~74 x 83 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket itself.
The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

It seems like Albatron ram out of room near the CPU socket as there are quite a few obstructions (ESR capacitors) near by. The Northbridge HSF is close to the CPU socket, and there are five Sanyo 6.3V 2200 microfarad capacitors in close proximity.

Without the four adjacent mounting holes, you won't be able to bolt on any of the larger socket A heatsinks of old on this board. Clip on heatsinks like the Thermalright SLK-800 or Vantec Aeroflow should fit on the motherboard just fine though.

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Contents of Article: Albatron KX18D Pro II
 Pg 1.  Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Around the board in 80ns
 Pg 3.  — Socket Clearances
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Wow, this board is fast!

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