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Albatron PX845PEV Pro Motherboard
Review by Navid Mortezaei on 02.11.2003

The Motherboard itself:

Motherboard

The Albatron PX845PEV Pro comes shipped with a very good looking blue coloured PCB. This motherboard is smaller than the average full size ATX motherboard, as seen compared to a Albatron PX845E.

Motherboards compared

Chipset Heatsink

The 845PE Northbridge shipped with this motherboard does not come with an active cooling heatsink, instead albatron has included a heatsink only. It would've been better if Albatron included an active cooling heasink for all us overclockers out there. But this does reduce the noise level a little bit.

Chipset

Once we remove the heatsink we see the Northbridge itself. The heatsink can be very easily removed if you want to add a premium quality thermal grease.

Southbridge

-Here we can see the ICH4 southbridge

PCI Slots

This motherboard comes with five PCI slots and an AGP 4X slot.

Ram Slots

This motherboard is equipped with three DIMM slots. With the total memory capacity of up to 2GB. You can install unbuffered non-ECC DDR333/266SDRAM.

Ram Slots

The DIMM slots are very badly positioned. You can see that DIMM 1 is very close to the AGP slot and you might have problems installing the RAM or the AGP Card.

IDE

Here we can see the ATA 100 IDE connectors, the ATX Power connector and the battery. The two connectors are very well placed, and you can easily connect the cables.

Floppy Disk Connector

The FDC connector is very badly placed, its placed at the very bottom of the motherboard. And the FDD cable that Albatron has included is not long enough for Mid-Tower cases.

I/O Controller

This chipset is the motherboard's I/O Controller. Which is a Winbond IO W83627HF. The facilities of the I/O are the following:

  • One multi-mode port capable of supporting the following specs:
  • Standard and Bi-Direction Parallel Port
  • Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP)
  • Extended Capabilities Port (ECP)
  • Supports two serial ports
  • Supports IrDA
  • Supports PS/2 mouse and keyboard
  • Supports 360 kB, 720 KB, 1.2 MB, 1.44 MB, and 2.88 MB floppy drives
  • MIDI compatable & game port compatable

3Com Controller

This motherboard comes with onboard Ethernet. Albatron has chosen 3COM for this chipset. This chipset supports:

  • Provides auto-negotiation (NWAY) function of full/half duplex operation for both 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps
  • Supports PC99 wake on LAN
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet support

Bios

The BIOS Albatron has used is an Phoenix-Award BIOS. This BIOS is used on a variety of Albatron motherboards and other brands too. It has very good features including:

  • Supports APM 1.2
  • Supports USB Legacy function
  • Supports ACPI power management
  • And lots more that we will see later in the review...

Chipset

Albatron has used the ALC650 chipset for it's onboard sound. This chipset is replacing the CMI8738 chipsets that most motherboard makers used to use before. Some features include:

  • High performance CODEC with high S/N ratio (>90dB)
  • Compliant with AC'97 2.2 specification
  • 6-channel playback capability (Super 5.1 Channel Audio Effect)
  • 3D Stereo enhancement
  • Digital S/PDIF

Audio Connectors

Here we can see the audio chipset connectors and the Infrared connector.

Rear Connectors

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