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Albatron Mars PX915 P/G Pro Mainboard Review! - 9/10/2004 9:51:30 AM   

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For it's features, performance and price, the Albatron PX915P Pro motherboard is definitely a very fine Grantsdale based board. The color scheme of the board serves two purposes. The first is it's obvious attractiveness for those with a windowed case, but since everything is color coded it makes installation a breeze. The capacitors around the CPU socket worried me at first but with their low profile there is plenty of clearance. The passive cooling for the Southbridge is a nice touch, however I would have like to have seen an active cooling solution for the Northbridge as the heatsink was fairly warm to the touch while testing. The board overclocks well and seems to be on line or a tad above performance wise with other similar boards that have been reviewed.

Northbridge: Intel 915 Grantsdale chipset
Southbridge: Intel ICH6
LGA775 Prescott CPU
Dual onboard LAN: Marvell MV8001 Gb LAN Controller/VIA VT6105 Mb LAN Controller
Realtek 8-channel Onboard Audio
S/PDIF Interface
ITE IT8212F RAID Controller
Dual Channel DDR400 (up to 4 GB)
(1) PCI Express x16
(2) PCI Express x1
(3) PCI
(8) USB 2.0 ports
Two RAID IDE slots for RAID 0, 1 and 1+0
(4) SATA ports
Hardware Monitor
Phoenix Award BIOS
Watch Dog Timer
Support for Infrared Data Transmission

Color coded layout
Dual LAN
Four native USB ports with ability to expand to four more
Good Performance
Overclockable with respectable reach
Southbridge cooler

Lack of active cooling on Northbridge. (More of a gripe on my part.)

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