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

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





AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor


Socket 754 with FSB 800 MHz


3 DDR200/266/333/400 Memory Sockets


Built-in VIA Envy 24PT with 8 channel Audio Support


(Bundle SPDIF2 Card Optional)


3Com 1Gbits LAN


2 Serial ATA150 Channels, Serial ATA RAID 0,1


2 IEEE1394 Ports


2 ATA133 Channels, up to 4 ATA 133 IDE Devices


8 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (6 ports by optional cable)


BIOS Mirror ™


Voice Genie ™




AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor




800 MHz




North Bridge : VIA K8T800


South Bridge : VIA VT8237


LAN Chip : 3Com 3C940


IEEE1394 Chip : VIA VT6307


Audio Chip : VIA VT1720 Evny 24PT


I/O Chip: Winbond Smart I/O W83697HF




3 * DDR Sockets:


DDR200/266/333/400 NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 3GB


Expansion Slots


1 x AGP(3.0) 8X slot (1.5V only)


6 x PCI slots (PCI 2.2 compliant)


IDE Connectors


2 ATA133/100/66 Channels, up to 4 ATA 133/100/66 IDE devices


2 Serial ATA150 Channels, up to 2 Serial ATA150 Hard Drives


Onboard I/O Connectors


1 x Floppy Connector


3 x USB 2.0/1.1 header (6 ports by optional cable)


2 x IEEE1394 header (2 ports IEEE1394 cable optional)


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


2 x 5 pin Com port header


2 x 8 pin Game Port header


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 Line-in/Line-out(Speaker Out)/MIC/SUR_CEN/SUR/R:WOF,L:CEN




20-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


BIOS Mirror ™ Protect BIOS by creating an original mirror image of itself


Voice Genie™ Voice Troubleshooting system ( four-Language )


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)


Special design for CPU Over Temperature Protection.( OTP )






Form Factor


ATX ( 305*244 mm )


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