The fellas at MBReview have kicked out a review of VPSD's P4PB 400, based off of the recently released VIA P4X400 Chipset.
The selectable settings are arranged in the following order; DRAM Clock, DRAM Timing, SDRAM CAS Latency, Bank Interleave, Trp, Tras, Trcd, DRAM Command Rate, DRAM Burst Len, and AGP Voltage. Following in this order, our tests were run using the following settings; 166MHz, Manual, 2, 4, 2, 5, 2, 1T, 8, 1.5V. The DRAM Clock options include 100MHz, 133MHz, 166MHz, and 200MHz. One available option I have not seen in quite some time falls under the CAS Latency area. VIA has included the option to go with a CAS Latency of as low as 1.5!More information at MBReview
Yesterday Amos Lee from Gigabyte let us know about the release of their new VIA KT400 based 7VAXP motherboard bringing DDR400 support to the AMD Athlon platform. We've got full specs and a picture of the motherboard posted in the New Products section of our forums for those interested. Judging on Gigabyte's past few motherboards, we are looking forward to testing the 7VAXP and all it has to offer.
We have several motherboard reviews in the mailbox today so I'll just list them and you can take your pick.
OcPrices.com have just released a review of the Albatron PX845G Pro II Motherboard for the Pentium 4.
The PX845G is the first board from Albatron, and it is quite simply the finest board I have ever had the pleasure to use, including those from big hitters such as Abit, Soyo and Asus. From the rock solid stabilty, to the insane overclockablity, it is hard to fault Albatron on anything. Innovative features such as the Voice genie, and its AGP retention mechanism - as well as a myriad of superb on-board features make the PX845G stand out from the crowd.More information at OcPrices.com
The guys at Techware Labs have been busy since getting back online. This time they check out EPoX's 4G4A+ Intel i845G motherboard.
The progress of computer technology is non-stop. New features like USB 2.0, DDR333 support, RAID, support for 533 Intel Pentium 4 processors, and among others, are in high demand. In addition, more and more devices are being integrated into an all-in-one motherboard. EPoX takes all the useful features one would ever need and combines them into one awesome entity: the EP-4G4A+.More information at Techware Labs
Hexus checks out MSI's new KT3 Ultra2-BR motherboard.
The MSI KT3 Ultra-BR can be thought of as a seasonal update rather than a radically new motherboard.It carries over much of what we've already seen in the MSI KT3 Ultra and adds a few worthwhile features. The Bluetooth module and key are great for those who require the need to interact with their PCs on a wireless level. The emergence of sophisticated PDAs, well-specified mobile phones and a growing number of other devices all have the capability to make the most out of this wireless feature.More information at Hexus
We were informed that the results we obtained from the DFI NB76 motherboard when we first published our review were faster than any others on the Internet.
So we set about double checking to see if our results were correct by getting the motherboard tested by a different reviewer and doing all of the testings again from scratch. The results speak for themselves, they were out. Sorry for any inconvience, we thought it was only right we updated our review, even at this late stage.
Thanks for your understanding!
Overclockers New Zealand has their look at the Albatron KX400+ KT333 motherboard.
Albatron won my respect for their company. The KX-400+ sports one ofMore information at Overclockers New Zealand
the fastest performances in current AMD DDR platform. The board would be
a perfect system board for its performance and price. I had some
glitches with overclocking thus it may not be suitable for hardcore
overclockers, not until it got the glitches fixed.
Overclockers Online has taken a closer look at the EPoX 4SDA+ Pentium4 motherboard to find out how good it is at overclocking.
The most important menu in the BIOS is probably the Frequency/Voltage Control. The settings in this menu allow you to overclock the CPU and the memory to their limits. The CPU voltage can be adjusted from 1.400V to 1.850V in 0.025V increments. 1.85V may not look much to an AMD overclocker, but let me tell you that a P4 Northwood @ 1.85V needs some form of extreme cooling to be able to dissipate the heat and stay cool enough to run stable! The 1.85V core voltage should be more than enough to get the most out of our P4 1.6A CPU.More information at Overclockers Online
Hexus today has a look at the popular EPoX EP-4G4A i845G motherboard which a lot of people have been interested in.
While Intel positions the i845G as a business oriented chipset, EPoX seem to be squarely aiming this board at the regular consumer and the enthusiast. While there might be a small chance of seeing this board in an OEM business system, based on the features and concessions towards the enthusiast, you are more likely to see this motherboard grace the system of an overclocker.More information at Hexus
Yesterday we posted a short news post regarding the release of the P4X266E based P4PB mobo by VIA wondering why the Taiwanese company would launch a "new" motherboard based on an older (and slower) chipset then what is currently available on the market today. VIA responded in the thread we created in our forums, here is the response:
The P4X266E is a low-cost chipset that is why we are doing it OEM's dont want DDR333 just yet.This seems like a fair enough reason to us but we aren't sure if it is really the only reason, feel free to talk about it here.
As for the SiS Xabre400 you must use the right AGP driver for AGP 8x the VIA 8x AGP driver will be out in time for the ATI R9700. And we have dropped the P4x333 as we got the P4x400 working so quick and we didn't want to only have a chipset out for 1 month!
We are quite confused as to why VIA would go ahead and release a new motherboard based on a slower chipset then what is currently available, namely in their Pentium 4 power-house P4X333 chipset. I just got an email from VIA talking about the release of their new P4PB motherboard based on the older (and slower) P4X266E chipset which only offers official memory support of DDR-266, compared to DDR-333 of other VPSD based motherboards.
During our testing over the last month we've had major issues with the SiS Xabre400 not functioning properly on P4X333 motherboards, maybe this is why... Just food for thought. In any case if you are interested, I have posted the complete Press Release regarding the release of VIA's P4PB motherboard in the VIA section of our forums.
I very much doubt anyone from VIA will attempt to give confirmation, wonders never cease to amaze though.
Tweakers Australia has just posted a review on the AX4G Pro motherboard from AOpen, based on the Intel 845G chipset. A mid-range board with some good features, excellent performance, and great for overclocking.
The 845G GMCH is cooled by a passive aluminium heatsink, which is large enough to dissipate heat with an additional fan, and is secured to the PCB with two short retention hooks. An AGP slot, six PCI slots, and one CNR slot are situated just below the cooler in their traditional positions. The AGP slot has a small card-lock mechanism on the end, which can help prevent a card from popping out unexpectedly. The ICH4 Southbridge is located across from the third PCI slot, and integrated support for up to six USB 2.0 channels.More information at Tweakers Australia
Over at Explosive Labs they take the Chaintech 7VJL Apogee KT333 motherboard for a run.
Many motherboard manufactuer's these days and in the past have used special names for their series of motherboards. In this situation the word, "Apogee" means The farthest or highest point; the apex. I am guessing Chaintech believes very strongly in their motherboards performance to come up with a name like this. Let's see if they can live up to that name.More information at Explosive Labs
Time for some more motherboard reviews for those interested.
Four motherboard reviews have turned up today so I'll list them for you to choose from.
Victoria Chin from EPoX let us know about the release of the 8RGA+ motherboard which is based on the new nForce2 chipset from nVidia announced a couple days in the States.
I've posted all the details and a picture in the New Products section of our forums.
Victoria from EPoX let us know about the release of their new EP-8K5A2+ motherboard based on the VIA KT333 chipset for the Athlon platform. They claim that their new motherboard has one the highest specifications among all the KT333 mainboards currently available in the market. I have posted full details and a picture of the motherboard in the New Products section of our forums.
More information in the New Products Forum.
And I thought this chipset was a long while off. Soltek emailed us announcing the release of their SL-85ERV and 85ERV-L motherboards which are based on the VIA P4X400 chipset for the Pentium 4 platform. The interesting fact is that these boards will be bundled with the SiS Xabre 400 graphics card which is capable of AGP 8x just like the P4X400 - I wonder what VIA have to say about Soltek going ahead and releasing boards based on the P4X400 so early. As usual I have posted all the information and pictures in the New Products section of our forums for you all to check out.
More information in the New Products Forum.
Amos Lee from Gigabyte let us know about the release of their new GA-8SR533 motherboard that is based on the new SiS645 chipset for the Pentium 4 processor supporting a 533MHz bus which is positioned toward the value market. In our new "New Products" forum I have posted all the details and a picture of the motherboard for everyone to see. We like to keep our readers up to date with all the latest product releases - The job of the New Products forum will be to do just that. While there you are free to comment about the new products and discuss them with the rest of the TweakTown community.
More information in the New Products Forum.
While I was reading over at AMD Zone I noticed a story over at Digitimes which is reporting that Albatron's (a new motherboard manufacturer founded by the founder of Gigabyte) new KX400+ motherboard which uses the VIA KT333 chipset has unofficial DDR-400 support via overclocking through the motherboard's BIOS.
I met with Albatron during Computex and it looks as if they have a few promising products on the way, and also the investment backing. They have entered a very competitive market place, it will be interesting to see how they go. While their company naming convention is questionable (take the "Alba" from albatross and "Tron" from electronics and you hav Albatron, a company which keeps on flying through anything...), it looks as if they are wanting to make a splash in the industry. We have a KX400+ motherboard on its way from Albatron and will have a review for you before much longer.