For some odd reason there are two badly located USB
headers right in the middle of the PX915G Pro... I suppose this must have been done because expectations that each PCI Express
x1 slot would be filled are low. If they aren't, when users connect up the USB2.0 bracket to
these headers the cables are most likely to get in the way.
Intel's ICH6 southbridge can generates
quite a bit of heat, so to cool things off the board has a small passive heatsink attached
with frag tape. It's a good thing too, because that little chip generates more heat
than nVIDIA's notorious MCP/MCP-T!
We have a pretty advanced test network in the PCstats labs, and knowing that
the Albatron Mars PX915G Pro can ride on both a Gigabit and 10/100 network is
handy indeed. If I could make a suggestion, it would be helpful to have the MAC
addresses actually printed out for each port. It's useful information for those
who need to know.
Serial ATA hard drives have received a big push by manufacturers, but let's face the
facts, IDE is still a lot more
prevalent. The PX915G Pro addresses this with an 'ITE' RAID (modes 0, 1 and 0+1) controller so users don't
have to junk their old IDE drives. Of course, you don't have to use the
RAID feature, you can simply connect HDD's normally.
Albatron also equips the Mars PX915G Pro motherboard to work with DDR RAM instead of DDR2, which is technical capability of the i915
chipset. This makes upgrading a bit easier for end users, as DDR2 memory
is still rather expensive.