3 * DDR Sockets:
DDR200/266/333/400 NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 3GB
1 x AGP(3.0) 8X slot (1.5V only)
6 x PCI slots (PCI 2.2 compliant)
2 ATA133/100/66 Channels, up to 4 ATA 133/100/66
2 Serial ATA150 Channels, up to 2 Serial ATA150 Hard Drives
Onboard I/O Connectors
1 x Floppy Connector
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 header (6 ports by optional cable)
2 x IEEE1394 header (2 ports IEEE1394 cable optional)
1 x CD_IN header
1 x S/PDIF in/out header (S/PDIF in/out cable optional)
1 x CPU fan header ( 1 fan rotation detection function )
2 x System fan headers ( 2 fan rotation detection function )
1 x 10 pin system panel header (Intel spec)
1 x 3 pin Power LED header
1 x Front audio header (Intel spec)
1 x IrDA header
1 x Case Open detection header
2 x 5 pin Com port header
2 x 8 pin Game Port header
I/O via Back Panel
PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 2 x USB(2.0/1.1), RJ45,1
x Com(serial), 1 x Parallel,1x Line-in/Line-out(Speaker Out)/MIC/SUR_CEN/SUR/R:WOF,L:CEN
20-pin ATX power connector, 4-pin ATX 12V power
4Mb Flash EEPROM
Award BIOS with ACPI, DMI2.0, PnP, WfM2.0, Green Suspend to RAM (S3),
Suspend to Disk (S4) Wake on keyboard/mouse, Wake on LAN/RTC Timer
3 FAN sensors, CPU/System voltages and temperature
Zero Jumper Design
BIOS Mirror ™ Protect BIOS by creating an original mirror image
Voice Genie™ Voice Troubleshooting system ( four-Language )
Adjustable CPU frequency by 1 MHz increment, Adjustable Vcore, VAGP,
VMemory for overclocking.
Watch Dog Timer (auto-reset system when it can not handle overclock
Special design for CPU Over Temperature Protection.
( OTP )
On paper it seems that the K8X800 Pro II includes all the enthusiasts
favorites. After reading the impressive list of features TWL was anxious
to get this board installed for testing.
With most of the extras a consumer and enthusiast might want already
located onboard you might think that having 6 PCI
slots is a little overkill, and TWL preliminarily agreed. Once you
see the boards included brackets you will realize that in order to
take advantage of all of the features you will have to sacrifice several
PCI slots and are left in the end with only 3 in a full tower case.
It is TWL's opinion that you probably won't ever need all of the three
remaining PCI slots anyway.
A quick scan of the features turns up favorites such as support for
SATA with support for Raid 0,1. It also appears that the K8X800 Pro
II supports all 8 of the USB ports that can be used by the chipset.
Their placement is a mixed bag in that only two are located on the
I/O bracket, four on a PCI bracket, and two additional headers on
the motherboard for front port hookup. If you are like most users,
the I/O bracket is where you prefer the hookup of your additional
devices to minimize cable mess. If you prefer brackets or front port
hookup then this is available on the K8X800 Pro II.
The K8X800 Pro II also supports 3 fan sensors, one for each of its
fan headers, and has a Zero Jumper Design. The K8X800 Pro II includes
Voice Genie, a feature that will inform you of conflicts and problems
in four languages, TWL will discuss this feature in more details on
the next page.
Overclockers will find the K8X800 Pro II a mixed bag in that all
the features for voltage and frequency are available in the small
increments that enthusiasts love for fine tweaking, however, like
all other VIA K8T800 chipset motherboards the AGP/PCI lock is non-functional.
You will find this limits your overclocking when
you hit the AGP/PCI overclocking wall. Do not
confuse the name of this board with the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset which
does offer an AGP/PCI lock. TWL did not find overclocking a
complete loss and had some level of success with the K8X800 Pro II.
(More on Overclocking this board later.)
The K8X800 Pro II includes what Albatron has called the Watch Dog
Timer, which is an auto reset of your system when an overclock forces
an unstable configuration. This can be useful depending upon your
desire for overclocking.
As with most boards manufactured today Albatron has decided to implement
CPU thermal protection onboard. This is designed to shut down the
system or thermally throttle the CPU when it overheats.