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Albatron KX400+ Motherboard Review - Conclusion

With all the choices out there for motherboards, it can be a tough decision as to which one to get. Well the choice just got a little harder. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Albatron KX400+ Motherboard. This company hasn't been in the motherboard market for long, but they're looking to start making some boards that are aimed at the enthusiast crowd. Lets see if they have what it takes to earn our trust, our respect, our money!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 29, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Albatron

Conclusion

 

For a company that has only about four motherboards on the market, Albatron has done a rather splendid job. However, while they may have done well in benchmarks, they have to make up in the equipment area. Firstly, there is no RAID or USB 2.0 controllers. Today most of us are using either one or both of these options and with them not being present on the KX400+, it is definitely not for you if you run RAID and/or USB 2.0

 

Secondly, the overclocking. While Albatron does give you a heap of options, there are still a few extra options and additions I would like to have seen made. Firstly, I would have preferred higher memory voltage options; 2.8v is just not enough for pushing high memory frequencies, especially if this board is going to have DDR-400 dividers in the next BIOS. Secondly, there are no AGP/PCI dividers to control. When overclocking, it's nice to be able to know and set your PCI and AGP frequencies manually. Finally, on the overclocking side, AGP voltage adjustments would have been nice. Overclocking the video card requires some extra power on the AGP and Albatron's KX400+ just doesn't give the option.

 

With that said, Albatron has definitely gotten off to a good start. Lets hope they continue to produce great performing boards with a few more options next time.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Overclocking is good for first time board

 

Backup BIOS

 

- Cons

 

No RAID or USB2.0

 

No AGP voltage tweaks

 

No PCI/AGP divider adjustments

 

Would like more DDR SDRAM voltage tweaks

 

Rating - 7.5/10

 

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