Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review :: Layout and Features

03-22-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Albatron PX875P PRO
† Voltage and Physical support for previous generation of AGP
‡ Not just pin headers onboard
Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review
Board Revision1.0
BIOS VersionR1.05
Default Clock Speed (MHz)2799.92
North Bridge875P
South BridgeICH5
Number of PCI slots5
Memory typeDDR266/333/400
Number of memory slots4
Maximum Memory (GB)4
Universal AGP support †No
AGP Pro SupportNo
Number of Physical USB 1.1 ports ‡0
Number of Physical USB 2.0 ports ‡2
Active Cooling on ChipsetNo
Adjustable AGP VoltageYes
Adjustable Memory VoltageYes
Southbridge UDMA 133 SupportNo
IDE or RAID Controller other than SouthbridgeNo
Auto speed-down/shutdown on fan failureNo
Auto speed-down/shutdown on heat alarmNo
On-board SoundRealtek ALC655 CODEC
On-board LANRealtek RTL8100C

First thing is this motherboard is certified "Prescott Ready" by Albatron. To test this I took the 3.2 GHz Prescott CPU which we have in our test labs and spent a day with the CPU in. One noticeable thing about the Prescott CPU is that the CPU heats up very high. At idle, the BIOS read a temperature of 62 degrees Centigrade. This is of course very hot for a CPU that's out of the box. No stability issues were encountered with the Prescott CPU other than the otherwise extremely hot temperature.

The North Bridge duties of the Albatron board are supplied by the 875P chipset which supports all Pentium 4 CPUs and Celerons that have a Socket 478 interface including the latest 3.4 Prescott CPUs and P4 Extreme Edition CPUs. South Bridge duties are handled by Intel's ICH5 chip which doesn't come with active cooling on the chip.

Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review
Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review

One thing that Albatron has done with their board that I like a lot is the sticker up to FSB 1200 MHz that's on the box. For those that like over clocking their CPUs, it's nice to see a company put a suggested sticker on what they've seen a lot of their boards overclock to. Personally, I don't overclock much, so it's not a concern to me, but for the many tweakers out there this board may be for you.

Memory and expansion slots on the Albatron 875P are identical to virtually every other Intel 875P based motherboard out there. 4 DIMM slots allowing for up to 4 GB of DDR400 memory are provided on the board. Albatron has thoughtfully color coded the memory slots to make dual channel mode an easy install of picking two like colored memory slots. If you want a higher FSB than the 800 MHz on the Pentium 4. I would also suggest faster DDR memory though it's separated from the memory clock by a multiplier.

Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review

The 875P board comes with 5 32-bit PCI slots and 1 AGP slot. I have an issue with motherboard manufacturers that only put 5 PCI slots on their board without a separation between the AGP slot and PCI Slot #1. As I often use a GEFORCE FX 5900 Ultra from NVIDIA in my computer that means that I have only 4 usable slots. The other concern is that PCI #1 is almost never used because it shares the IRQ with the AGP slot. The AGP slot is a AGP 3.0 compliant AGP8x slot that supports AGP4x and 8x video cards that are .8V or 1.5V. This is important only if you have an older video card.

Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review
Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review

Albatron outfitted their 875P board with 2 PATA, 1 Floppy and 2 SATA ports. It's nice to see Albatron include both PATA and SATA ports. The PATA ports support up to UDMA100 speeds with UDMA133 drives operating at UDMA100 speeds. Our new test system for Pentium 4 motherboards has been upgraded to include a SATA drive as the primary drive.

Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review

The input/output block of the board is kind of sparse in most respects. While many 875 boards include 4 or even 6 USB ports on the io block, the Albatron 875P only includes 2 ports with 4 more available via cable that's included with the package. It's nice that Albatron includes the cable, don't get me wrong, but this chipset supports up to 8 USB 2.0 ports and it would have been nice to see 8 ports included in the package. The other ports on the i/o block include a PS/2 Mouse/keyboard port, Com1 and Com2 ports, LAN, a Game Port, a Parallel Port and connections for the Speaker Out, Line In, and Microphone connections for the sound.

Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review

The audio on the board is based upon a Realtek ALC655 CODEC which is AC'97 compliant. I prefer the 8-channel solution found on their 865PE motherboard, but for a basic solution, this is fine. S/PDIF In/Out is also supported with an optional cable not included with the motherboard. The LAN port is a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. While many modern motherboards sport a 1Gigabit Ethernet, the 875P does not.

Package Contents

  • Albatron 875P Motherboard
  • Quick User's Guide
  • Manual
  • Driver CD
  • 4 Port USB cable
  • SATA cable
  • FDD Cable
  • 2x 80 wire IDE cables

Albatron includes 2 80-wire IDE cables which is excellent. Too many manufacturers only include one IDE cable for HDDs. Also pleasing is the 4 port USB 2.0 cable that I already mentioned. The inclusion of one SATA cable is disappointing as there are 2 SATA ports on the motherboard. One strange thing is the labeling of the driver CD as an Intel 865 series motherboard. No big deal, as the drivers for the 865 are the same as the drivers for the 875.

Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review