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Albatron Mars PX915G Pro Motherboard Review

Albatron Mars PX915G Pro Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Of course there's more to the Albatron Mars PX915G Pro than PCI Express, and we'll be getting to those other features in a bit.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Sep 24 2004   C. Sun  
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Onboard Goodies and Hardware

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.

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Contents of Article: Albatron PX915G Pro
 Pg 1.  Albatron Mars PX915G Pro Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Onboard Goodies and Hardware
 Pg 3.  The 915G and ICH6 up close!
 Pg 4.  The BIOS and System Spec's
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  A Great Beginning!

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