Albatron KX600S Pro - IntroductionIntroductionWith the advancements in the AMD segment, it is easy to sometimes overlook what is still tried and true, and none the less, still a popular platform for overclockers and hardcore overclockers on more of a budget.The AMD Athlon platform gave AMD its title crown as king of the CPU's. In a time when Intel was king and AMD was just an alternative CPU, a brave new core entered into the arena, and upset everything from Intel's speed claims to DRAM migration to RDRAM - yes sir, AMD Athlon caused quite a stir.Today it has been relegated to the back burners of AMD's advancement charts, with Athlon 64, FX and Opteron taking up all of the latest R&D dollars and it's not likely you will see too much advancement from AMD on the Athlon parts.The KT600 chipset has been VIA's biggest step up on the AMD Athlon platform. The KT600 was introduced to fix a lot of the problems in performance and compatibility the KT400 series had, as well as to try and compete with the nForce2 Ultra series of chipsets.Today we have Albatron's more budget orientated KT600 motherboard with some rather good overclocking features. Come and take a look.
Albatron KX600S Pro - SpecificationsSpecifications of the KX600S ProCPUSupports AMD Athlon 700Mhz ~ 1.4Ghz (200FSB)Supports AMD Athlon 1.0Ghz ~ 1.4Ghz (266FSB)Supports AMD Athlon XP 1500+ ~ 2800+ (266/333FSB)Supports AMD Athlon XP 2400+ ~ 3200+ (266/333/400FSB)ChipsetVIA KT600 AGPsetVIA KT600 NorthbridgeVIA VT8237 SouthbridgeVIA V-Link @ 533MB/sBus Frequency100/133/166/200MHz Internal200/266/333/400MHz ExternalAMD EV6 Alpha BusExpansion Slots1 AGP 4x5 PCIExpansion Ports1 PS2 Keyboard Port1 PS2 Mouse Port8 USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear accessible, 4 via expansion bracket)2 Serial Ports 1 Parallel Port3 Stereo Audio Ports 1 Game Port (via expansion bracket)Special Features3Com EthernetBIOS control of FSB,DRAM and voltages
Albatron KX600S Pro - FeaturesFeatures of the KX600S Pro- Package and Contents
Albatron KX600S Pro - Features ContinuedFeatures of the KX600S Pro Continued- Chipset and Components
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra 2004Test System SetupProcessor: AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (333 MHz FSB) Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ DDR-533 (Supplied by OCZ)Hard Disk: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM PATA (Supplied by Plus Corporation)Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra (Supplied by nVidia)Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1Drivers: nVidia Forceware 56.64SiSoft Sandra 2004SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - PCMark04PCMark04PCMark04 is a new multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple Windows operating systems. This easy-to-use benchmark makes professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users. PCMark04 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs.
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - 3DMark033DMark033DMark03 is the latest instalment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 9 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce FX and ATI Radeon 9800), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - Aquamark3Aquamark3Aquamark3 is the latest instalment of the Aquamark benchmark suite. This new benchmark is much more powerful and demands much more from both the system and the graphics card. If there is any weakness in the system or 3D components, Aquamark3 will find them.
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - Halo PCHalo PC - Combat EvolvedHalo PC is new to us at TweakTown. Though we have used it in a couple of benchmarks in the past, it has now found a permanent place in our Benchmark Suite. This is simply due to its support for the latest DirectX 9 API's to put some more stress on the system to determine the best of the best.
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - Jedi Knight IIJedi Knight IIJedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is an OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has much improved graphics over its predecessor. It fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use.
Albatron KX600S Pro - Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003 continues the success that Unreal Tournament generated as an online game and benchmark. UT2003 pulls all of its weight on to the 3D and Memory subsystems, pushing graphics reality to the maximum is its game, and you need some serious power to gain playable scores with this game
Albatron KX600S Pro - ConclusionConclusionIn all, the AMD Athlon XP platform is far from dead with few AMD Athlon XP users making the migration to 64bit at this stage. It still seems like the KT600 chipset will be a long term product as far as VIA is concerned.For Albatron, it just gets better. This motherboard is extremely small, fitting it to just about any budget case. It comes equipped with fast Ethernet for home networking and broadband, a basic 5.1 audio controller is included to give you digital vibrant sound and the overclocking which is by far one of the best we have seen on a budget based motherboard, up there with the likes of ASUS and ABIT.Overall Albatron has only shown its true support for overclockers even in their budget motherboards. This is why we have given this motherboard our "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award.- ProsFastStableHardware EthernetGreat Overclocking for budget motherboard- ConsPlacement of the 20 pin ATX power connectorPlacement of the FDD connectorRating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Best Value Award
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