Motherboard: Albatron PX875P PRO Review :: Conclusion

03-22-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

So what do I like about the Albatron PX 875P PRO motherboard? It's based upon Intel's 875P chipset which fully supports Prescott and Extreme Edition CPUs without need for BIOS upgrade like some early 875 motherboards might. That means for the near future at least, you're assured of support for every CPUs that Intel has available. Performance of the Albatron 875P is close to the top of its class, leading other 875P motherboards in almost every benchmark.

There are some disappointing aspects to this motherboard as well. First is the inclusion of only 2 onboard USB 2.0 ports. Many manufacturers include 4 or even 6 USB 2.0 ports onboard without the need for a cable. It's a small quibble, as they do include a 4 port cable, but I use 4 USB devices at any one time (mouse, keyboard, joystick, Remote Wonder receiver) and it would be nice to have the motherboard include at least 4 without the need to install more ports. Also a little disappointing is the inclusion of only 2 SATA ports, as many include 4 or even more.

The bottom line on the Albatron PX875P PRO is this. If you absolutely need a motherboard with an Intel chipset today, the 875P from Albatron is a decent choice. The board does come with the necessary components to make a good system out of the integrated components on the board. Many components such as Gigabit LAN that is standard today, are not on this board either.

However, if you're willing to wait a few months, now is a good time to sit tight. The next few months should prove extremely interesting in the high-end motherboard marketplace, with introductions of a whole new socket interface for the CPU (LGA-775), new interconnects for the video (PCI-Express), a new form factor (BTX) and other innovations that make waiting for them to be implemented well worth the wait.