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Albatron PX915P4C Pro

478 PCI-e Motherboard

By

pr101j

     With the ever changing PC designs now a days its tuff to keep up without going broke and it seems at times the manufacturers forget that everyone cant afford to replace or buy a hole new PC every time some new technology hits the market. That where Albatron has made a huge effort to fill this void with their new socket 478 motherboard that support PCI-e. This product is one of the few on the market that will allow a person to save a little money on their PC by using the existing RAM and CPU and still utilize the latest Video architecture. As long as this unit works well I can see a huge cost advantage for the PC enthusiast without shelling out an extra few hundred dollars on a new 775 P4 or the 64 bit AMD.. Lets take a closer look and see how well the 478 socket performs with the PCI-e video..

Specs:

 

Feature

Intel Pentium® Processor (Prescott)
Socket 478 with FSB 533/800 MHz
4 DDR 333/400 Memory Sockets ( Dual Channel)
1*PCI Express x 16, 2*PCI Express x 1 , 3*PCI Slots
8 Channel HD Audio,VIA 10/100 Mbits Ethernet LAN
4 Serial ATA150 Channels,
8 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (4 ports by optional cable)

Processor

Intel Pentium® Processor (Prescott)
 

FSB

533/800 MHz
 

Chipset

North Bridge : Intel 915P (Grantsdale P)
South Bridge : Intel ICH6
LAN Chip : VIA VT6105 10/100 Ethernet LAN
HD Audio Codec : Realtek ALC880
I/O Chip: Winbond Smart I/O W83627THF
 

Memory

4 * DDR Sockets:
DDR333/400 NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 4GB
 

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express x 16
2 x PCI Express x 1
3 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant
 

IDE / SATA Connectors

1* ATA100 Channel, up to 2 ATA 100 IDE devices
 

Onboard I/O Connectors

1 x Floppy Connector
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 header (4 ports by optional cable)
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
 

I/O via Back Panel

PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 4 x USB(2.0/1.1), 1 x RJ45 , 1 x Com(serial), 1 x Parallel, 1xLine-in/Line-out(Speaker Out)/MIC/SUR_CEN/SUR/R:WOF,L:CEN
 

Power

24-pin ATX power connector, 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
 

BIOS Feature

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
 

Hardware Monitoring

3 FAN sensors, CPU/System voltages and temperature monitoring
 

Special Feature

Zero Jumper Design
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 configurations
 

Certifications

FCC, CE, BSMI
 

Form Factor

ATX (244mm x 305mm)
 

Product Page Drivers Page BIO's Updates

 


Price:

99.00 USD (newegg) great price for any PCI-e motherboard Purchase Link

Installation:

     Installing a motherboard can be a bit tricky if you have little practice so it is important to always take your time and read the manually. The Albatron 478 socket PCI-e board is very similar to main other product when discussing installation. Albatron provides all the essentials to complete this task including a few drive cables for all media types. There really isn’t a hole lot to get excited about on the installation so I am not going to get into writing a how to install a motherboard guide just note that we didn’t see anything out of the ordinary when installing the physical components on this system.

     There is a second part of any installation and that is the drivers, or software. Albatron provides a product CD containing all the drivers needed to complete this install.

Observations:

     I cannot express how unique this product is and what a great upgrade advantage this board provides for the cost effective upgrade path. Let me elaborate a bit more. Not to long ago there was an influx of very stable 478 socket P4 into the market a large number of people purchased these CPU’s figuring they would be set for a while. Then wouldn’t you know it the 775 chipset was released. To make it more complicated Intel is talking about a new series of CPU’s to be released end of this year. So any person that purchased a nice 2.4 or 3 gig P4 478 socket PC might not want to buy a 775 just right yet but atr the same time the thought of upgrading the video architecture is intriguing especially if using an ATI AGP 9000 series or the 5000 series NVIDIA. This board fills that void and makes for a very cost effective solution and with the purchase of PCI-e card your are insured to find a future product that will be compatible with a new video card.. Lets talk a bit more about the cost.

Upgrade Path to new chipsets supporting PCI-e

775 Chipset motherboard or 64 bit AMD        100.00

CPU either chipset mid range                       200.00

PCI-e Vid card mid range                            150.00 – 250.00

If Intel New RAM DDR2 ECT                         200.00 (AMD) still uses stock DDR

Total                                              Min      450.00 Max.    750.00

 

Using Albatron 478 chipset for upgrade

P915 Intel 478 board                                       75.00

No Need for CPU Use old one                           00.00

PCI-e Vid Card mid range                                150.00 – 250.00

RAM not needed if you have existing DDR          00.00

Total                                                    Min    225.00 Max.    325.00

 

Please note this numbers will vary depending on what items you may chose to upgrade but in this situation it is easy to see why this is a nice solution. On the conservative side the cost is ˝ what it you be when changing to either newer chipsets. So the choice that must be thought about is Do you save money now and wait for the next chipset or spend a lot extra and let your old system collect dust. 

Performance:

     The main reason we wanted to review this product was so we could see if this board performed well enough to warrant this upgrade. We are going to run this system with a P4 2.4 gig 478 Celeron D. This CPU is very comparable to many of the products of this chipset out in the market today. We ill be using 1 gig of Corsair XMS Pro PC3200 DDR and a PowerColor X800 256meg Pro PCI-e video card. What we are going to do is run a few gaming benchmarks along with some load test. For a higher end comparison we will look at an ABIT AN8 64 bit 3200+ 939 CPU using the same memory and video card. Now I understand that the 64 bit CPU should outperform but if the Celeron D can keep its numbers even close to the AMD then you can bet this is a great buy especially considering that the hole upgrade costs less then the CPU.. Lets take a closer look at our results.

~FutureMark Benchmarking Results~

System Configurations and Project Settings

Name Albatron PCI-e 478 Corsair Dual Channel 1gig COrsair AN8 "Fatal1ty" 3200 939
Description  2 x 512Meg Dual CHannel Corsair XMS Pro Intel Socket 478 Celeron D P4 2.4gig Albatron PX915P4C Pro 2 x 512Meg Dual Channel Corsair XMS Pro AMD 64 Socket 754 3200+ SOYO CK8  2 x 512Meg Dual Channel Corsair XMS Pro AMD 64 Socket 939 3200+ ABIT AN8
Date 2005-06-26 2005-02-10 2005-03-26
User preitschky@marnscda.com preitschky@marnscda.com preitschky@marnscda.com
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP
DirectX Version 9.0 9.0c 9.0c
Mobo Manufacturer   soyocomputer http://www.abit.com.tw/
Mobo Model Grantsdale nForce AN8 Series(NF-CK804)
AGP Rates (Current/Available) N/A / N/A N/A / N/A N/A / N/A
CPU Intel Celeron (0.13u) 2396 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2220 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2009 MHz
Physical CPUs 1 1 1
HyperThreading Available - Disabled Not Available Not Available
FSB 133 MHz 203 MHz 201 MHz
Memory 1022 MB 1024 MB 1024 MB
Graphics Chipset ATI RADEON X800 NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT ATI RADEON X800
Driver Name RADEON X800 Series NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT RADEON X800 Series
Driver Version 6.14.10.6490 6.6.9.3 6.14.10.6490
Video Memory 256 MB 128 MB 256 MB
Core Clock 391 MHz 299 MHz 391 MHz
Memory Clock 351 MHz 1002 MHz 351 MHz
Sound Adapter Driver Name Realtek HD Audio rear output C-Media Wave Device Realtek AC97 Audio
Sound Adapter Driver Version 5.10.0.5024 5.12.1.42 5.10.0.5770
Model     WDC WD1600JB-00EVA0
Connection     IDE
Capacity 0.0 GB 0.0 GB 149.05 GB
Program Version PCMark04 Revision 3 Build 0 PCMark04 Revision 3 Build 0 PCMark04 Revision 3 Build 0



~PCMark04 Test Results~

Test Results

System Test Suite (PCMarks)
Project 01 3538
Project 03 3686
Project 02 4029
CPU Test Suite
Project 01 3237
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 3825
Memory Test Suite
Project 01 3628
Project 03 3387
Project 02 4984

System Test Suite

File Compression (MB/s)
Project 01 2.62
Project 03 2.71
Project 02 2.76
File Encryption (MB/s)
Project 01 34.09
Project 03 30.96
Project 02 30.96
File Decompression (MB/s)
Project 01 23.8
Project 03 24.4
Project 02 24.97
Image Processing (MPixels/s)
Project 01 10.1
Project 03 12.32
Project 02 11.98
Grammar Check (KB/s)
Project 01 1.95
Project 03 3.06
Project 02 3.27
File Decryption (MB/s)
Project 01 68.25
Project 03 62.26
Project 02 61.09
Audio Conversion (KB/s)
Project 01 1810.31
Project 03 2650.28
Project 02 2616.38
Web Page Rendering (Pages/s)
Project 01 3.79
Project 03 4.6
Project 02 4.36
WMV Video Compression (FPS)
Project 01 35.61
Project 03 47.16
Project 02 47.62
DivX Video Compression (FPS)
Project 01 47.88
Project 03 56.37
Project 02 60.73
Physics Calculation and 3D (FPS)
Project 01 N/A  
Project 03 176.54
Project 02 172.94
Graphics Memory - 64 Lines (FPS)
Project 01 2237.4
Project 03 892.2
Project 02 2372.64

~CPU Test Suite~

File Compression (MB/s)
Project 01 2.61
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 3.1
File Encryption (MB/s)
Project 01 34.11
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 30.54
File Decompression (MB/s)
Project 01 23.75
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 25.41
Image Processing (MPixels/s)
Project 01 10.37
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 12.07
Grammar Check (KB/s)
Project 01 3.58
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 5.54
File Decryption (MB/s)
Project 01 68.25
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 60.13
Audio Conversion (KB/s)
Project 01 1812.04
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 2635.2
WMV Video Compression (FPS)
Project 01 35.78
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 48.07
DivX Video Compression (MFPS)
Project 01 47.65
Project 03 N/A  
Project 02 60.66

~Memory Test Suite~

Raw Block Read - 8 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 3988.21
Project 03 2734.22
Project 02 5986.04
Raw Block Read - 4 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 4024.5
Project 03 2809.66
Project 02 6117.56
Raw Block Read - 192 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 17947.86
Project 03 9895.01
Project 02 9809.15
Raw Block Read - 4 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 30697.59
Project 03 25770.69
Project 02 25443.36
Raw Block Write - 8 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 2679.95
Project 03 2662.58
Project 02 5466.07
Raw Block Write - 4 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 2679.87
Project 03 2662.97
Project 02 5466.14
Raw Block Write - 192 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 8000.43
Project 03 6414.31
Project 02 6342.22
Raw Block Write - 4 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 8046.99
Project 03 19595.09
Project 02 19372.93
Raw Block Copy - 8 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 1509.92
Project 03 1256.73
Project 02 2384.61
Raw Block Copy - 4 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 1515.88
Project 03 1286.92
Project 02 2396.14
Raw Block Copy - 192 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 6320.26
Project 03 4020.19
Project 02 4117.45
Raw Block Copy - 4 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 8044.53
Project 03 10449.14
Project 02 10321.04
Random Access - 8 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 3034.39
Project 03 2369.66
Project 02 2907.56
Random Access - 4 MB (MB/s)
Project 01 3004.83
Project 03 2369.89
Project 02 2920.04
Random Access - 4 kB (MB/s)
Project 01 8032.56
Project 03 13167.16
Project 02 13030.7

     As you can see from the results above the 478 Intel Chip did not blow away either 64 Bit AMD CPU's but it did compete and when you consider the price difference between the three setup's you can see very clearly that the Albatron is a very wise choice if you are trying to save but at the same time be competitive... Some of our scores may vary from person to person but we did run these tests multiple times and took the average scores.. 

 

Quality:

     It appears that Albatron spent a bit of time when designing this product. It is well made the instructions are easy to read and fallow making the install and trouble shooting a snap. Albatron even went and provided a sticker diagram to place on the inside of the case to make for easy resets and tweaks without having to find the manual months after the install is complete. Everything on this board seems very well made and should perform very well in most situations. The cooling sinks for the bridges are a bit different then what I am a custom to the design is unique. I am not sure if this new style is there for looks or performance but either way it did catch my eye. The packaging is not anything to get to excited over but it is well made and should protect the board from any unwanted damage from shipping or the stock boy at you local PC shop. Any hoot I can’t see anything wrong physically with this product nor can I think of much to add. Nice overall design and good planning Albatron.

Pros:

Cost.

Great upgrade path.

Performance was excellent.

Documentation was easy to follow.

Install had no speed bumps.

Software is solid.

Cons:

Only way to improve would add to cost making this a less viable cost effective upgrade path.

Conclusion:

     I am proud to award Albatron with our highest award for making a product to fit a market very few manufacturers seem to fill. This product is a great idea that works well too. Congratulations on winning our coveted "Editors Choice Trophy of Excellence" for a superb Intel based product that allows anyone to experience the newest video while saving some of the older equipment.

Rating: 6 out of 6

Date: 06/24/04

Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)

  Let us know what you think of the product or the article on our message board

 

Company Info:

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Contact Page

 

Albatron Technology Co., Ltd
: 6F, No. 716 , Chung Cheng Rd., Chung Ho City, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan
: 886-2-8227-3277
:886-2-8227-3266
: webmaster@albatron.com.tw
: Sales@albatron.com.tw
: dr.pro@albatron.com.tw
: support@albatron.com.tw (for Global users)
 
Tao Yuan Factory
  : No. 32, Hsing Bond Rd., Tao Yuan City, Tao Yuan Hsien, Taiwan
: 886-3-363-7676
:886-3-362-6868
: IAsupport@albatron.com.tw
: IAsales@albatron.com.tw
Albatron USA Inc.
: 15245 Don Julian Road, City of Industry, CA 91745
:http://www.albatronusa.com/rma_repair.html
:http://www.albatronusa.com/tech_support.html (support for USA, Canada and Latin America only)
: support@albatronusa.com (for product info inquiry)
: sales@albatronusa.com
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: http://www.monivision.com/contact.html
Albatron Computer GmbH
:Gewerbepark Business 9 Blindeisenweg 33 41468 Neuss Germany
:+49 2131 523 760
:+49 2131 523 7699


 

 

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