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Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review

Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The nForce2 has held top spot in the AMD chipset world for the last year without much effort.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Sep 03 2003   C. Sun  
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Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review

While nVIDIA is losing its position as graphic core market leader, the nForce2 has held top spot in the AMD chipset world for the last year without much effort. The competition has simply been unable to mount any sort of counter, even after so long a time... one has to be wondering why VIA lost their magic?

VIA, nVIDIA's arch rival in the world of AMD chipsets have released two models since the nForce2 launch. In each instance VIA's chipsets failed to match nForce2 performance and stability levels. Perhaps the upcoming VIA KT800 (the third attempt) will once and for all retire the nForce2, but by that time will any consumer even be paying attention?

With the beloved AMD K7 near the end of its life, and the Athlon64 around the corner, a few manufacturers are having one last dance with the Athlon before it goes down in the history books. Today we're going to be taking a look at Albatron's KX18D Pro II nForce2 Ultra 400 based motherboard.

Albatron KX18D Pro II

Ships with the following:

  • 2x Ultra/133 Cables
  • Serial ATA Cables
  • FDD Cable
  • Serial ATA HDD Power Connector
  • Driver CD
  • Users Manual
  • SATA/RAID Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide

The Albatron KX18D Pro II has quite a few onboard goodies, including the rather special nVIDIA SoundStorm 5.1 audio hardware-based sound card which is built right into the core logic. Also on board the KX18D Pro II are; 10/100 LAN, Serial ATA RAID, IEEE 1394 and dual BIOS's.

If that's not good enough for you the lone 8x AGP port and six PCI slots should give you ample room for expansion. Lastly like all other nForce2 motherboards the KX18D Pro II can support up to 3GB of PC1600/2100/2700/3200 DDR RAM.

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Contents of Article: Albatron KX18D Pro II
 Pg 1.  — Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Around the board in 80ns
 Pg 3.  Socket Clearances
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Wow, this board is fast!

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