Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review :: Layout, Setup, and Bundle

05-16-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Albatron decided to cool both the North Bridge and South Bridge with a heatsink. I would have preferred an active cooling fan on the North Bridge for overclocking purposes. The layout of the board was typical of most 925X boards on the market today. Unfortunately, Albatron decided to put the 4-pin power connector below the CPU Socket, as many other manufacturers tend to do. This position forced me to route the 4-pin power cable around the CPU cooler. The position of the 24-pin power connector is in a far better placing on the bottom right hand side of the board. The positioning of the floppy drive connector, right below the PCI Express slot is in a good position. The location allows people to install a floppy drive in one of the upper drive bays without requiring a longer floppy cable.


Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review

Setup was fairly easy and straightforward on the board. This board booted straight away and no issues with installation were encountered. Driver installation was a bit of a chore as I had to install the inf, the audio, the LAN, and the RAID drivers separately. I wish motherboard manufacturers would include a one-click setup program to install all the requisite drivers. In any event, the 925X-R was easy to set up.

Bundle

  • 3 IDE cables
  • 1 floppy cable
  • 2 SATA cable
  • 1 SATA power cable
  • 1 Back Plate
  • Driver CD
  • RAID floppy disk
  • PC-Cillin 2004
  • Setup Guide

Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review
Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review

The hardware bundle was rather sparse. With the inclusion of 4 SATA ports, it would have been nice for Albatron to include 4 SATA cables. Albatron included 2 SATA cables, meaning if you need more than 2 SATA HDDs, you'll need to find other cables. Albatron did include all the necessary IDE cables, allowing you to connect the maximum 6 IDE devices on this board. Albatron included PC-Cillin with their motherboard bundles. PC-Cillin is made by Trend Micro one of the leading antivirus software makers in the world behind Norton and McAffee's. My friend Dave works for Trend Micro and the version that Albatron includes is the 2004 one. The latest version is Trend Micro Internet Security 2005, but the 2004 version is still good.


Albatron PX925X Pro-R Motherboard Review