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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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Overclocking and BIOS

Because the Albatron K8X800 Pro II has partial multiplier adjustments it makes overclocking a lot more "fun," and easier to determine the motherboard's maximum speed. The first thing we did was lower the multiplier to 5x. This way, when we raise the clock speed of the motherboard the processor will not limit our overclocking tests.

Starting at 200 MHz we began slowly to ramp up the clock speed. At 215 MHz FSB we ran into a few memory stability problems, raising the memory voltage to 2.8V helped fix that.

We were easily able to pass the 223 MHz mark that the MSI K8T Neo maxed stalled at, without lowering the memory frequency! At 230 MHz FSB our memory topped out again, however even raising the voltage to 2.9V didn't help, so we had to enable the 6:5 divider.

We continued to raise the clock speed of the motherboard and at 240 MHz it seemed as thought the chipset started flaking out. Upping its voltage to 2.8V solved all those problem and in the end we were able to hit a maximum speed of 245 MHz!

The Albatron K8X800 Pro II BIOS:

Under the Advanced Chipset Features we see we have the usual memory tweaks such as CAS Latency, RAS to CAS and Row precharge Time.

The Albatron K8X800 Pro II has multiplier access from 5-10x. The CPU Host Frequency can go from 200-300 MHz in 1 MHz increments. If you're an enthusiast you'll love the voltage options. The processor can go up to 1.9V, DDR to 2.9V AGP to 1.8V, and the Northbridge to 2.8V. The Southbridge can be adjusted to 2.8V and LDT to 1.3V. Overclockers please take note, the AGP/PCI frequencies are not locked and will increase in a ratio with the motherboard speed!

And now for something completely different - the benchmarks!

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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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