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AMD Athlon 64 Motherboards Head to Head - Albatron vs. EPoX - Conclusions

In the first of our AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Head to Head articles we put the Albatron K8X800 Pro II up against the EPoX 8HDA3 which are both based on VIA's K8T800 chipset with the VT8237 Southbridge.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 10, 2003 5:00 am

Conclusions

 

- Albatron Conclusion

 

While Albatron have quite a nice looking motherboard on their hands, the package is not the most exciting and overall performance is lacking. At first we thought that it might have been a driver/setting issue but we found that both motherboards were set up exactly the same making an explanation to lack of the performance harder for us to discover.

 

The package that comes with the Albatron did not phase us too much and nothing was included that stood out. The motherboard is a lot slower then the EPoX competitor which uses the exact same chipset which makes it a hard product to recommend.

 

When it came to overclocking as soon as we went to 210MHz FSB we instantly found that we had killed our Windows install and we knew that it was time to shut down and call it quits.

 

- Pros

 

Cheap

 

Great looking PCB

 

3 DIMM slots

 

- Cons

 

Slower then Epox

 

Bad overclocking

 

Limited package

 

Rating - 6 out of 10

 

- Epox Conclusion

 

Like the Albatron motherboard, the package isn't anything to write back home about but it was able to perform quite well. One big down fall on this motherboard was the fact that it only had two DIMM slots. If you're interested in a motherboard that brings the latest Athlon 64 chipset at a more affordable price, the EPoX 8HDA3 might be a better option.

 

When it came to overclocking it performed just as well as we had hoped with a maximum 220MHz FSB achieved which we found is the best we can get out of our processor (on any Athlon 64 motherboard) before we get ugly data corruption.

 

Like most of EPoX' other motherboards, we should find that the pricing of the motherboard will be very competitive once it hits store shelves thanks to the corners cut with the package. If you want something big and fancy this isn't the product for you. If you want something that performs well and should be priced well then the EPoX 8HDA3 motherboard deserves a second or third look.

 

- Pros

 

Good overclocking

 

Good performance

 

Aggressive pricing

 

- Cons

 

Bland package

 

Less than exciting appearance

 

Only 2 DIMM slots

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

Stay tuned as we take a look at two more Athlon 64 motherboards soon!

 

 

 

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