Only one year ago Albatron was just another unknown company that produced mainboards and some other computer hardware devices in spite of the fact that the history of this company began in 1984. Starting out as Chun Yun Electronics, the company was primarily a display manufacturer, producing wide-screen multimedia monitors, rear projection systems, TVs, and plasma displays. The change in name to Albatron signaled the dawning of a new product line and a new direction. Now Albatron is a quite a well-known brand all around Europe and Asia, while those, who live in the USA probably know a lot about this company and its products from reviews as well as online stores. These days Albatron celebrates its first anniversary as a mainboard maker by announcing its PX845PEV-800 mainboard intended for hardware enthusiasts and overclockers.
The PX845PEV-800’s look is befitting of its anniversary occasion. It comes in a classy black PCB with “Anniversary Special Edition” and Albatron President’s signature both plated onto the face of the board in a sleek metallic print.
The technical specifications of the mainboard look as follows:
- Supports Socket 478 Pentium 4 / Celeron processors with 400/533 and even 800MHz (with overclocking) FSB with 3.06GHz clock-speed and above;
- Can take advantage of the CPUs with the Hyper-Threading technology enabled;
- i845PE chipset, including i82845PE MCH and i82801DA ICH4;
- 3 DIMM slots for up to 2GB of PC2100, PC2700 or PC3200 DDR SDRAM memory;
- 5 PCI slots and 1 AGP 4x slot;
- 2-channel ATA-100/66/33 integrated controller;
- 6 USB 2.0 ports;
- 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet adapter from 3Com;
- 4-channel sound card is supplied;
- Overclocking functions, including Vcore (1.1V~1.85V, 0.025V steps), Vmem (2.5V, 2.6V, 2.7V, 2.8V) and Vagp (1.5~1.6V) adjusting, FSB settings up to 800MHz. Allows to set FSB:DDR dividers and independently clock PCI and AGP buses;
- ATX Form Factor.
The product looks quite nice and resembles ABIT’s BH7 mainboard that also allows end-users to adjust Quad Pumped Bus to 800MHz frequency. It is indisputably a nice feature to be able to overclock the FSB about 1.5 times from the officially supported speeds, though this may also be a pretty useless opportunity if we talk about overclocking.
As we know, all Intel Pentium 4 processors come with locked multipliers, except those, that are engineering samples. Needless to say that the latter chips are very rare and probably you will not be able to find one in a store. We also know that 3.20GHz is the speed after which Intel has no plans to increase core-clock of the Northwood processors simply because this speed may be too high for Intel’s 0.13 micron technology process in general and for the Northwood core in particular (there is a huge difference between a single CPU running at 4.0GHz and 10 thousands of such CPUs in mass production, so, please do not send me links to vapochilled Pentium processors running incredibly fast). The gems of an overclocker are 1.60, 1.80 and maybe 2.0GHz Pentium 4 processors with x16, x18 and x20 multipliers. Since they are all made for 400MHz QPB, the resulting core speed after overclocking FSB to 800MHz will be two times more from their original core-clock. Have you seen many processors in your life that worked at double speed? I have not. As a result, it is very doubtfully that one will be able to use this 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus with the current Pentium processors when overclocking them. Therefore, we can consider this mainboard to be a better choice for those, who plan to use it for processors that natively support 800MHz QPB. Although i845PE core-logic cannot unleash all the power of the Pentium 4 processors with 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus and Hyper-Threading technology, the platform will probably be the cheapest possible for such CPUs. The only concern is that hardware enthusiasts are not really interested in the cheapest hardware, while common customers will get a platform that officially supports 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus.