Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review :: The Board

05-16-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Spec Sheet
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Part NumberPX925X Pro-R
ManufacturerAlbatron
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DownloadsBIOS
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Manuals
ChipsetIntel 925X Express ICH6R
North BridgeIntel 82925X MCH
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesPentium 4, Pentium 4 HT Extreme Ed.
Number of CPUs1
Hyper-Threading SupportYes
Front Side Bus800MHz
Memory TypeDDR
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory4GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeIntel 82801FR ICH6R
Audio8-channel
IDE100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA1.5 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireNone
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCI
  • 2 x PCI Express x1
  • 1 x PCI Express x16
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
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The 925X Pro-R is based upon Intel's 925X chipset and supports all of the LGA-775 CPUs on the market with the exception of the 1066MHz FSB CPUs. The 6xx 800MHz FSB CPUs are supported by this chipset, though they are not as of yet mentioned on Albatron's CPU list for this motherboard (neither are they mentioned on the 925XE chipset from Albatron's page.) I tested the 660 3.6GHz CPU on the board and it was identified correctly and booted just fine. Memory support on the board consists of four 240-pin DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Module) slots providing support for up to 4GB of unbuffered non-ECC or with ECC DDR2 memory of either 400MHz or 533MHz variety. Dual Channel memory is activated by installing like memory in color-coded pairs of slots.


Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review DIMM Slots

DIMM Slots

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors


Expansion options on this board are typical of Intel 925X motherboards today. The standard PCI Express x16 slot will work with any PCI Express video card, replacing the AGP standard, 2 PCI Express x1 slots and 3 PCI slots for users needing backwards compatibility with PCI slots. Few PCI Express x1 devices exist, making the inclusion of 3 PCI slots a good choice.


Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Expansion Slots

Expansion Slots

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review X16 Slot

X16 Slot

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review PCI Slots

PCI Slots


Drive support on the board is robust. Albatron provided an ITE IT8212F chip to support IDE RAID 0, 0+1 modes with 2 extra IDE connectors present on the board in addition to the single IDE connector for CD-ROM drives. SATA drive support is provided by four SATA ports with RAID modes 0 and 1 supported by Intel's ICH6R South Bridge. Some motherboards come with 8 or even 10 SATA ports, but honestly, that is overkill in my opinion.


Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review IDE RAID

IDE RAID

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review IDE Ports

IDE Ports


A Realtek ALC880 CODEC provides on-board audio for the board. This complies with the Intel High Definition Audio standard. HDA replaced AC'97 as the standard for on-board audio in the middle of last year. The 880 supports 7.1 surround sound and is qualified by Intel for the HDA standard. One nice thing about Realtek's software is the clearly labeled audio ports that directly correspond to the ports present on the Albatron board.


Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Audio

Audio

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Audio

Audio

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Audio

Audio

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Audio

Audio

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Audio

Audio

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review Audio

Audio


The back panel on the board is typical of 925X motherboards on the market. Present are 4 USB 2.0 ports (you can install 4 more with a optional bracket), PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Ports, a Parallel port for printers, COM1 and COM2 ports, and Line-in, Front Speaker-out, Mic-In, Surround Back Speaker-out, Center (L) /Subwoofer /Speaker-out ports for the audio on the board. LAN support is provided by a Broadcom BCM5789 Gigabit Ethernet controller and a VIA 6105 10/100 Fast Ethernet controller.