Albatron KM18G Pro Motherboard Review

albatron-km18g

Introduction

I recently reviewed an Abit NF7-S Rev 2.0 and was really impressed with it. This motherboard is also a nForce 2 based motherboard however this one also has onboard video. This board is a small form factor motherboard which makes it perfect for a small system such as a LAN box. Just because this is a small motherboard doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a lot of features. In addition the onboard video there is also sound, NIC, TV-out, and USB 2.0. I am really interested to see how well this motherboard does compared to the NF7-S and how the onboard video does. The specifications below are taken from the Albatron website.

Features
AMD Athlon™ / Athlon™XP / Athlon™XP Barton/ Duron™ Processor
Socket 462 with FSB 200/266/333/400+(by overclocking) MHz
3 DDR400/DDR333/266/200 Memory Sockets
AGP 8X , 6 channel AC 97 Audio
2 ATA133 Channels, up to 4 ATA 133 IDE Devices
nForce2 MCP 10/100 Ethernet LAN
6 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (4 ports by optional cable)
Chipset with Hyper-Transport Technology

Processor
AMD Athlon™ / Athlon™XP / Athlon™XP Barton/ Duron™ Processor

FSB
200/266/333 /400+(by overclocking) MHz

Chipset
North Bridge: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP (Ultra 400)
South Bridge: NVIDIA nForce2 MCP
LAN Chip : LAN PHY ICS1893AF
Audio Codec: Realtek ALC650
I / O Chip : Winbond W83627H

Memory
3 *DDR Sockets:
DDR400/DDR333/266/DDR200 NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 3GB ( Single Channel) , up to 2GB ( Dual Channel )


Expansion Slots
1 x AGP 3.0 8X/4X slot (1.5V & 0.8 V Only)
6 x PCI slots (PCI 2.2 compliant)

IDE Connectors
2 ATA133 channels, up to 4 ATA 133 IDE Devices

Onboard I/O Connectors
1 x Floppy Connector
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 header (4 ports USB cable optional)
1 x CD_IN header
1 x COM Port header
1 x S/PDIF in/out header (S/PDIF in/out cable optional)
1 x CPU fan header with fan rotation detection function
1 x System fan headers with fan rotation detection function
1 x10 pin system panel header (Intel spec)
1 x 3 pin Power LED header
1 x 4 pin Speaker header
1 x Front audio header (Intel spec)
1 x Case Open detection header
1 x Wake on LAN

I/O via Back Panel
PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 2 x USB(2.0/1.1), RJ45 ,1 x Com(serial), 1 x Parallel, 1x Game/Line-in/Line-out/MIC

Power
20-pin ATX power connector

BIOS Feature
4 Mb 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
2 FAN sensors, CPU/System voltages and temperature monitoring

Special Feature
Zero Jumper Design
Adjustable CPU and AGP frequency by 1 MHz increment, Adjustable Vcore, VAGP, VMemory for overclocking.
Special design for CPU Over Temperature Protection(OTP)

Form Factor
ATX (244*305 mm)