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  Product:     Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard  
  Price:     $150 (CAN) / $113 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Albatron
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     July 3rd, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Venny from Albatron for providing the Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard for review.

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Introduction:

The integrated nature of today’s current high-end motherboards provides an ideal solution for many by incorporating several novelties such as onboard LAN, Sound, RAID and others. One tieback to this option is the associated price tag along with the simple fact that a small percentage of users will not utilize the full integrated feature set in favor of their own components. The Intel i875P chipset currently represents such a fate with the budget oriented scaled down models targeted slightly towards its smaller brother, the i865 chipset. Albatron Technology Co based out of Taipei, Taiwan is a manufacturer and distributor of high technology products such as leading edge motherboards, monitors and video cards. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Albatron PX875P Pro motherboard

Specifications:

The Albatron PX875P Pro motherboard is currently Albatron's highest offered model based upon the Intel i875P chipset designed to accommodate an Intel Pentium 4 processor of 400, 533 or 800FSB. The Albatron PX875P Pro motherboard delivers an economical solution with features such as Processor Acceleration Technology, Hyper Threading support along with 1200MHz+ FSB support, Dual Channel DDR 400, AGP 8X, Serial ATA, 3COM LAN, USB 2.0 and 6-Channel audio. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Albatron website:

Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard - Key Specifications
General Intel Pentium® 4 Processor (Northwood/Prescott)
Socket 478 with FSB 400/533/800/1200+( by overclocking) MHz
(FSB1.2G Hz + setting available by overclocking)
4 x DDR266/333/400 Memory Sockets (Dual Channel DDR400)
6 Channel AC97 Audio
3Com 10/100 Ethernet LAN
2 x Serial ATA150 Channels, 2 x ATA100 Channels, up to 4 ATA 100 IDE Devices
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (6 ports by optional cable)
Processor Socket 478 Intel Pentium® 4 Processor (Northwood/Prescott)
FSB 400/533/800 MHz(FSB1.2G Hz + setting available by overclocking)
Chipset North Bridge: Intel 875P
South Bridge: Intel ICH5
LAN Chip: 3Com 3C920
Audio Codec: Realtek ALC655
I/O Chip: Winbond Smart I/O W83627THF
Memory 4 * DDR Sockets: DDR400/333/DDR266 ECC/NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 4GB
Expansion Slots 1 x AGP(3.0) 8X slot (1.5V only)
5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant)
IDE Connectors 2 x ATA100/66 Channels, up to 4 ATA 100 IDE devices
Onboard I/O Connectors 1 x Floppy Connector
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 header (6 ports by optional cable)
1 x CD_IN header
1 x S/PDIF in/out header (S/PDIF in/out cable optional)
1 x CPU fan header ( 1 fan rotation detection function)
2 x System fan headers ( 2 fan rotation detection function ) 1 x 10 pin system panel header (Intel spec) 1 x 3 pin Power LED header 1 x Front audio header (Intel spec) 1 x IrDA header 1 x Case Open detection header
I/O via Back Panel PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 2 x USB(2.0/1.1), RJ45,2 x Com(serial), 1 x Parallel, 1xLine-in/Line-out(Speaker Out)/MIC
Power 20-pin ATX power connector
BIOS Feature 3Mb Flash EEPROM
Award BIOS with ACPI, DMI2.0, PnP, WfM2.0, Green Suspend to RAM (S3), Suspend to Disk (S4) Wake on keyboard/mouse, Wake on LAN/RTC Timer
Hardware Monitoring 3 x Fan sensors, CPU/System voltages and temperature monitoring
 
Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard

Intel i875P Chipset Overview at a Glance:
The 875P chipset-based platform integrates Intel Communication Streaming Architecture (CSA) featuring a Dedicated Networking Bus interface, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, and Serial ATA. An enhanced AC '97 audio implementation with dual independent DMA audio engines delivers improved sound quality and new audio usage models. The Intel 875P chipset features support for an 800 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) and implements Intel Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) with dual-channel DDR400 memory configurations. Optimized to support the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology, the 875P chipset adds intelligence to help manage and prioritize multiple threads received from the microprocessor.

Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard
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Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard
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The Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard ships in a shiny golden retail packaging with the Intel 875P name and awards across the front. The rear portion of the box features schematics highlighting key features of the motherboard. A 56 page user manual is printed in three languages and contains information pertaining to board layout, BIOS setup, Trouble Shooting and a small section on basic overclocking. I found the manual to be adequate for any issues presented. The overall bundle included with the Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard is rather scarce in comparison to other motherboards reviewed and only implements the bare necessities. The Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard comes complete with the following items:

  • Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard
  • 2 x IDE ATA 100 cables
  • 1 x Floppy Drive cable
  • USB 2.0 Bracket
  • 1 x SATA power adapter
  • 1 x SATA cable
  • Installation and Setup Driver CD
  • Albatron PX875P Pro User Manual
Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard
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Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the Albatron PX857P Pro motherboard were positive. Based upon the Intel i875P chipset, the Albatron PX875P Pro motherboard supports the latest 800Mhz FSB Pentium 4 Processors featuring Hyper Threading technology, Dual Channel DDR 400 Memory, Serial ATA, 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio, LAN and USB 2.0. Users will be happy to note that the Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard also boasts support for the latest Prescott and Extreme Edition Pentium 4 processor along with Processor Acceleration Technology (PAT). Other key features include Watch Dog Timer and claimed 1200Mhz+ FSB speeds via overclocking. Continuing the Albatron color scheme as found in previous products, the Albatron PX875P Pro Motherboard takes on a deep blue PCB with white silk screening. Total measurements constitute an ATX form factor of 244mm x 355mm.
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