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Albatron PX845E Pro II Motherboard Review - Overclocking & Conclusion

With so many choices in the Pentium 4 i845 market, the decision can leave you nearly staggered. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a hard look at yet another entry into this particular field; namely the Albatron PX845E Pro II Motherboard. It has some features that may be just what the doctor ordered. Does it have what it takes to compete in an already crowded market? Let's find out!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 31, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Albatron

Overclocking

 

The PX845E Pro II features all of the CPU, Memory and AGP adjustments even the most hardcore tweaker could ask for. Firstly, you are able to adjust FSB speeds up to 248MHz in 1MHz increments. Additionally, you can lock the PCI bus speed at 33MHz, allowing you to increase your FSB without increasing the PCI bus, thus removing your PCI devices from being a bottleneck while overclocking.

 

As far as voltage is concerned, the VCore, DRAM and AGP voltages are adjustable, with available VCore adjustments between 1.5v and 1.85v. Furthermore, the DRAM voltage can be adjusted between 2.5v and 2.8v, and AGP voltage can be adjusted between 1.5v to 1.6v.

 

Using a core voltage setting of 1.85v and default DRAM/AGP voltages, I was able to overclock my 2GHz Pentium 4 (Willamette) up to 2.32GHz (20x116)! This is a massive overclock considering that the processor is not based on the newer Northwood core and that only air cooling was used (Alpha PAL8942). At 2.32GHz my system remained extremely stable and I was able to run Prime95 for 24 hours straight without one lockup.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, I was very pleased with the Albatron PX845E. Firstly, the board is truly feature packed, including onboard 6-channel audio, a 10/100 LAN controller, USB 2.0 and ATA133 RAID support. As well as this, the board provides great performance, is highly tweakable and touts an excellent layout.

 

I did, however, have one concern. Due to the fact that the board only supports DDR266 memory, if you are not intending on overclocking you will find that the performance of competing DDR333 P4 solutions such as SiS' 648 chipset is slightly better. However, this will not be a problem if you are planning on overclocking, as DDR333 memory speeds can be quite easily reached.

 

At a price of around US$130, the board is surprisingly quite a bargain. The bottom line is, if you are looking for a high performance, feature-rich motherboard, I have no trouble recommending the Albatron PX845E.

 

- Pros

 

* Good performance

 

* Great layout

 

* Highly overclockable

 

* Stable

 

* Relatively cheap

 

* Many integrated features

 

- Cons

 

* Lack of DDR333 support

 

Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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