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Albatron K8X800 ProII Motherboard Review

Albatron K8X800 ProII Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Based around the very popular VIA K8T800/VT8237 chipsets, the bright blue Albatron K8X800 Pro II supports Socket 754 Athlon64 processors.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Oct 21 2003   Colin Sun  
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Layout and more features

The layout of the Albatron K8X800 Pro II is pretty nice, and I especially like the positioning of the ATX power, and IDE headers. If you're using a longer videocard you'll have to remove it when installing system memory, but that's a small price to pay for the luxury of six PCI slots.

As in typical Albatron fashion, all the device headers (USB, IEEE 1394, etc) are placed at the bottom edge of the motherboard where they are easy to access, and out of the way of your PCI peripherals.

The Albatron K8X800 does not have a version that comes with an Athlon64 processor, and so I'd expect the board to retail for around $180USD. So far, MSI are one of the very few companies to offer their K8 motherboard in a high-end version that ships with an actual Athlon64 3200+ CPU.

The motherboard is fairly well detailed and Albatron does a great job with the user manual and the quick installation guide. If you ever get lost simply refer to those two pieces of documentation and they'll help you find your way.

For enthusiasts, one of the biggest features of the Albatron K8X800 is its ability to lower the CPU multiplier... but more on that later in the review.

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Contents of Article: Albatron K8X800 ProII
 Pg 1.  Albatron K8X800 ProII Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Layout and more features
 Pg 3.  What stands out on the K8X800 Pro II
 Pg 4.  VIA K8T800 core logic
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 6.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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