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Review: Albatron PX875P Pro

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 22 June 2004, 00:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Albatron (5386.TWO)

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It's taken a while for Albatron to get a foothold in the enthusiast component market. Early efforts were a bit bewildering, with boards featuring layout eccentricities, bland BIOS choices and bare bundles, to name but a few criticisms. Slowly but surely they've started to put things right however, with Albatron now at a point where enthusiasts looking for a good deal are always likely to check out what they have to offer.

Their K8X800 Pro II is a good case in point, a board I fawned over recently. Cheap but definitely not cheerful, the K8X800 Pro II is one of the better boards for the Athlon 64 platform, packing good features into an intelligent layout, along with excellent performance, enthusiast-level BIOS options, a decent bundle and the aforementioned good price.

It's Albatron executing at their best. So it was nice to see their PX875P Pro board show up just the other day. Obviously sporting Intel's 875P Canterwood core logic, Albatron also reserve the Pro moniker for boards they put some tweaking effort into, so it's aimed at the enthusiast looking for a bit of overclocking action.

Indeed your thoughts are swayed that way with a look at the box; 1200MHz+ front side bus frequency is emblazoned on the attractive packaging, 300MHz if you drop the quad data rate (QDR) bus modifier. It claims to be speedy then.

So can it live up to what I saw with K8X800 Pro II, or is it one of Albatron's more eccentric packages? There's only one way to find out.