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Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro: Looking for a an affordable entry into 800FSB land without the expensive price tag? The Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro may be the ticket you're looking for.

Date: November 10, 2003
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BIOS

    Now lets look at the BIOS included with this motherboard.  The BIOS itself is different than most BIOS's that we have used as it is a Pheonix BIOS, rather than the Award BIOS that is fairly normal today.  Lets look at three of the more important screens of the BIOS.

    First lets look at the Frequency/Voltage control area.  Here you can change all things that help overclock the system.  The top of the menu shows you the CPU speed, and allows you to adjust the FSB on your PIV.  It then gives you a realtime update of what clock speed that FSB setting will give you, which is nice for those that are pretty lazy and don't want to calculate it.  Then there is the DDR to CPU ratio, which can be a little confusing until you realize the ratios, which are greater than 1X, are designed with DDR memory in mind, so 2X is the true clock speed.  Next is the AGP/PCI/SRC clock settings control which is best left at 66/33/100 to provide the best stability for your cards and drives.  Lastly there is the voltage controls, with which you can increase both the CPU and DIMM voltage by 0.3v, and the AGP voltage by 0.1v.

    Here is the Advanced Chipset options, which allows you to change the memory settings.  It allows you to change the CAS latency, Active to Prechage, RAS to CAS Delay, and RAS precharge.  Also there is an option for Performance enhancement which is similar to that on the 875PE chipset, which allows the chipset to .use a special transfer route that bypasses the chipset itself.  I must say that this board did very well in using faster memory timings than that of the MSI Neo2 865PE chipset we have reviewed previously.  

    Now lastly lets look at the hardware monitor part of the system.  It has all the basic abilities of any other motherboard, with your being able to look at the CPU/Case temperature as well as three fan speeds.  We can see here that the CPU voltage is pretty good, and is not lower than stated, unlike the aforementioned MSI Neo2.

Overclocking

    Now for overclocking of the motherboard.  Does this motherboard overclock as well as the Neo2, or is it worse, or even better?  From a purely theorectical standpoint this motherboard can't hold a candle to the MSI board as it has less in the way of voltage options for both the CPU and the memory, but does this hold true in real life?

    Well we can see that the motherboard reaches to 285MHz FSB, which is approximately the same speed as the MSI motherboard reached as well.  Both used a slower memory speed of under 250MHz.  The maximum memory bus speed we were able to get with the Corsair PC4000 was much higher, about 270MHz with the most relaxed timings, compared to the barely 250MHz for the MSI board though it was running in dual channel mode.  I must say that I was very impressed with this motherboard with overclocking, especially with the tighter timings it allows with the same memory.

Test System

CPU:

Intel Pentium IV 1.8A @ 2.4GHz -b 133MHz FSB

Intel Pentium IV 2.4C - 200MHz FSB

Motherboard:

MSI 845PE Max2

MSI 865PE Neo2

Albatron PX865PE Lite
Memory: 1GB Corsair XMS TwinX PC4000 Kit (2*512MB)
Memory Speed 2-5-2-2 2.5-8-4-4 2.5-5-3-3
Hard Drives :

40GB Seagate ST340016A, 40GB Maxtor 34098H4, 2*80GB Maxtor 6Y080M0 SATA Hard Drives

Video Card: Matrox Parhelia 128MB (200MHz/250MHz)
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1 Direct X 9
Drivers: Parhelia 1.04.00.78
Cooler: Vantec Thermalflow 
Case: CoolerGuys Windtunnel IV
Power Supply: RaidMax 400Watt Power Supply
Direct X Benchmarks: Unreal Tournament 2003 (HardOCP software 2.1 - CPU Test)
OpenGL Benchmarks: Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast (time demo)
Other Benchmarks VirtualDub 1.4.10 DivX 5.03
Truespace 4.2 Pi Fast 4.2
TMPGEnc Plus 2.59.47.155

    The benchmarks were run as has been seen in previous reviews, but lets go over it again.  For the Jedi Knight the test was run at 1024*768 with all the settings on high except for AA and ansiotropic filtering.  Unreal Tournament 2003 was run using the HardOCP CPU test at 640*480 to cut the Parhelia from causing a bottleneck in this case.

    VirtualDub was run using a 8555 frame DVD file converted to HuffYUV at 720*480 and then encoded the DivX 5.03, without the audio being encoded.  Truespace was run using the settings mentioned previously, and rendered to 1600*1200 to this.  TMPGEnc was run using the same video as the VirtualDub test, though in this case the audio was also encoded.  Pi Fast was run using 10000000 digits of Pi, Chudnovsky method, 1024 K FFT, and no disk memory, just as we at VL have done previously.  Now lets look at the gaming benchmarks.

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