Albatron PX915G Pro Motherboard Review

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Introduction

With the release of Intel’s new LGA775 Pentium 4 there is of course a need for new motherboards. Along with these new motherboards come new peripheral slots for video cards and other future cards. Though much of the technology being used with these new motherboards is still quite new and has a long future ahead it is nice to see some change and innovation. This motherboard uses regular DDR because it uses the PX915G chipset however with the PX925 chipset you will be able to use DDR2 which will be something reviewed in the near future. For now though let’s take a look at what this new motherboard has to offer.


There is much to say about this new chipset which could be a complete article in itself. The chipset will be looked over briefly to get an understanding of the new technology and features. Aside from the new LGA775 socket which removes the pins from the processor and are now in the socket there is much more to be seen. PCI Express buses can deliver over 3.5 times more bandwidth for I/O and graphics cards than PCI and AGP8X respectively. From the block diagram below it can be seen that PCI offers 133MB/s while PCI-Express x1 offers 500MB/s which is a considerable improvement. Support for both the built-in Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900, which supports widescreen LCD displays and accelerated DirectX 9, plus support for PCI Express graphics cards makes this ideal for the low end non-gamer to someone who wants a great video card for high FPS. Intel’s High Definition onboard audio supports 7.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital, and DTS. The onboard audio also supports 192 kHz quality, multiple streams, and better voice input for speech recognition and voice-over-IP.


With all that being said about the chipset lets see how much of it was integrated into Albatron’s motherboard.

Specifications
Intel PentiumR4 Processor (Prescott)
Socket 775 with FSB 533/800 MHz
4 DDR 333/400 Memory Sockets ( Dual Channel)
1*PCI Express x 16, 2*PCI Express x 1, 3*PCI Slots
8 Channel HD Audio,Marvel l Gbits Ethernet LAN & VIA 10/100 Ethernet LAN
4 Serial ATA150 Channels, IDE RAID 0,1,0+1/ATA133,
Integrated 3D Graphics Engine (Share memory maximum 8 MB)
8 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (4 ports by optional cable)


Processor
Socket 775 Intel PentiumR4 Processor (Prescott)

FSB
533/800 MHz

Chipset
North Bridge : Intel 915G (Grantsdale G)
South Bridge : Intel ICH6
IDE RAID Chip: ITE IT8212F
LAN Chip : Marvell MV8001 1Gbits /VIA VT6105 10/100 Ethernet LAN
HD Audio Codec : Realtek ALC880
I/O Chip: Winbond Smart I/O W83627THF

Memory
4 * DDR Sockets:
DDR333/400 NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 4GB

Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x 16
2 x PCI Express x 1
3 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant)

IDE Connectors
1* ATA100 Channel, up to 2 ATA 100 IDE devices
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 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, 4 x USB(2.0/1.1), 2x RJ45 ,1 x Com(serial), 1 x Parallel, 1xLine-in/Line-out(Speaker Out)/MIC/SUR_CEN/SUR/R:WOF,L:CEN

Power
24-pin ATX power connector, 4-pin ATX 12V power connector

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

Special Feature
Zero Jumper Design
Adjustable CPU frequency by 1 MHz increment, Adjustable Vcore, VAGP, VMemory for overclocking
Watch Dog Timer (auto-reset system when it can not handle overclock configurations)

Certifications
FCC, CE, BSMI

Form Factor
ATX (244mm x 305mm)