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Albatron PX925XE Pro-R Motherboard Review

Albatron PX925XE Pro-R Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The 925XE chipset is a fickle one, supporting only Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors compatible with an 800 MHz or 1066 MHz FSB.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Mar 08 2005   Colin Sun  
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Extra onboard features

DDR2: A Need For Speed


It's pretty obvious that the DDR memory standard has gone as far as it can go. Just to reach PC3200 standards, JEDEC had to raise the default operating voltage from 2.5V to 2.6V, not to mention loosen timings down to 3-3-3-8. These timings were not even available when DDR memory was first introduced in 2001.

DDR-2 RAM is the next step in the evolutionary line, and it has ramped up much quicker than DDR memory ever could have. The first iterations of DDR2 memory run at DDR2-400, DDR2-533 and DDR2-667 speeds with DDR2-800 right around the corner. One of the main benefits of DDR2 memory is that it uses less power and runs on a lower voltage than DDR memory (1.8V as opposed to 2.5/2.6V for DDR).

To top things off, the new BGA packaging that DDR2 DRAM modules use improves the electrical and thermal properties of the memory, making it more efficient and easier to use.

Pretty much all high-end motherboards these days are full size ATX boards, and the Albatron PX925XE Pro-R is no different. If you plan to use this board, better make sure you have a roomy case otherwise you're asking for trouble!

The general layout of sockets and connectors on the PX925XE Pro-R is nice, and there are no floppy drive connectors under the PCI slots, thank you!

The Intel ICH6 Southbridge comes with four Serial ATA Ports but only one IDE channel. With the majority of PC's still using IDE hard drives, the 'ITE' RAID controller allows users to carry over existing IDE drives instead of just junking them.

I was particularly impressed with the printed Socket 775 processor installation guide included with the PX925XE Pro-R. It's very detailed and tells first time installers exactly what to do, as well as what not to do. The DIY Installation Guide is also pretty handy, instructing users through the full installation procedure.

While we had no complaints with the PX925XE Pro-R motherboard itself, we do have some recommendations for Albatron about its accessories package. Simply put, Albatron needs to include more gear with its boards! For instance, there are four Serial ATA channels on the PX925XE Pro-R, but only one Serial ATA cable and one Molex to Serial ATA power cable are included!?

The USB bracket isn't included, so users cannot take advantage of the two onboard USB headers for adding extra connectivity. Little things like this would definitely increase the 'value' quotient of the motherboard and make things run smoother for Albatron's customers.

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Contents of Article: Albatron PX925XE Pro-R
 Pg 1.  Albatron PX925XE Pro-R Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Extra onboard features
 Pg 3.  Albatron = Overclocking?
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark03
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Another Fast Motherboard from Albatron

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