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Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro i848P Motherboard Review

Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro i848P Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The i848P's feature set is almost identical to that of the i865PE except for one thing, there is only one 64 bit memory controller instead of two.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Oct 30 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 Demo 640x480 Flyby
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Pentium 4 3.0C/Gigabyte i875P (200/400) 250.99
2.

Pentium 4 3.0C/Asus i875P (200/400)

248.16
3. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i865PE (200/400)

231.1

4. Pentium 4 3.0C/Abit i865PE (200/400) 230.34
5. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i848P (200/400) 221.25
6. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i848P (225/360) 238.45

UT2003 Demo 640x460 Botmatch
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Pentium 4 3.0C/Gigabyte i875P (200/400) 83.71
2.

Pentium 4 3.0C/Asus i875P (200/400)

83.45
3. Pentium 4 3.0C/MSI i865PE (200/400) 77.44
4. Pentium 4 3.0C/Abit i865PE (200/400) 76.9
5. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i848P (200/400) 74.04
6. Pentium 4 3.0C/Albatron i848P (225/360) 79.89

UT2003 paints the same picture as the other 3D benchmarks. Overall it's safe to say that the i848P based motherboards at stock are 10-15% slower than i865PE based motherboards. Still, being able to maintain a 60FPS speed throughout the entire benchmark is all that really counts. Averages are shown above, so it is good to have a bit of margin to make up the sections that impart a heavier load on the system.

It's a value board, good for the office!

The Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro which is based on the i848P chipset is built for those out there who are on a budget, or need a good solid board for office environments (ie. without breaking the bank). As the benchmarks suggest, when working on 2D applications (like word processing, etc) the board is approximately 5-10% slower which is not really too bad. In 3D apps, the performance gap is more like 10-15%, but even then the Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro does pretty well relatively speaking.

The i848P is not an i845PE validated for 800 MHz use as it's physically about 33% larger than the i845PE and the same size as the i865PE (they use the same amount of solder balls too). Even though the i865 class chipsets (P/G/PE) are quite inexpensive, Intel knows that there are people out there who still want to spend less and that's why they've created the i848P . Those who are looking for entry level systems (those ~$499 white box computers) should be quite satisfied.

Unfortunately since the board is not quite available for retail sale yet I'm not sure how much it'll run for but I'd expect it to be quite a bit below that of the i865PE based boards on the market. There aren't many frills, the only features are 3Com 10/100 LAN, SATA and 5.1 audio. We don't have many problems with the physical board however we do have problems with the name Albatron chose. As a consumer, if I saw the PX865PE Lite Pro on the shelf, I'd assume it's based on the i865PE not the i848P.

While the board was the slowest 800 MHz based P4 motherboard we've tested, I can see myself using something like this for standard office, or work PC. In that situation, high end equipment isn't really necessary, and I'm sure the accountant would appreciate all the money I could save by getting an i848P based board that just gets the job done well!

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Contents of Article: Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro
 Pg 1.  Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro i848P Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Around the PX865PE Lite Pro
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 8.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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