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Albatron PX845PE Pro II i845PE Based Mainboard

The most advanced model in the line can't boast either of functionality or accessories as compared with their competitors, but it looks very attractive taking into account traditionally low prices for Albatron products. 


  • Package of the standard design; 
  • Documentation: user manual, installation manual for IDE RAID, a poster with brief installation steps - in English
  • Cables: 1 SATA, 3 ATA66/100/133 and FDD; 
  • Bracket with 4 USB ports; 
  • CD containing: 
    • drivers; 
    • PC-cillin 2000. 

When assembling a computer you may find that IDE and SATA RAID connectors located behind PCI and audio connectors located in front of them can be an obstacle, and the memory modules will be hard to reach because of cables connected between them and the board's edge, as well as because of a video card installed. It can be difficult to reach some jumpers and switches when the board is already installed. Their functions are shown on the textolite. 

The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 9 capacitors of 2200 uF and 3 of 1800 uF. 

The following controllers are integrated: 

  • audio controller based on the chipset's capabilities and Avance Logic ALC650 AC'97 codec supporting 5.1 audio systems and having connectors for front audio outputs and for SPDIF; 
  • network controller based on the chipset's capabilities and supporting 10BaseT/100BaseTX; 
  • IDE RAID controller based on the Promise PDC30376 chip supporting RAID 0 and 1 on the ATA133 and SATA protocols; 

Non-unsoldered connectors: none.

The system monitoring is supported by the Winbond W83627HF-AW chip. What is controlled: 

  • processor voltage, +3.3, +5 and +-12 V, VBAT and +5 V Standby
  • speed of 3 fans; 
  • temperatures of the processor (a built-in sensor) and the board (a built-in sensor). 

There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans. 

Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x245 mm. 

Adjustment can be carried out with:

jumpers and switches Jumper to clear up the CMOS  
Switches for setting the language of the Voice Genie function English/ Chinese/ Japanese/ German
Switch for setting the BIOS Mirror mode  
Switch enabling AGP protection from video cards of 3.3 V  
BIOS based on the AwardBIOS 6.00PG from Phoenix Setup of memory timings + CAS Latency, Active To Precharge Delay, RAS to CAS Delay, RAS Precharge
Setup of memory frequency + DDR/CPU = 1.5, 2, 2.5
Setup of AGP bus -  
Setup of PCI bus -  
Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses + CPU/AGP(PCIx2) = Auto, 1.5, 2, 2.5
Manual assignment of interrupts +  
Changeable FSB frequency + 100-248 MHz in 1MHz steps
Changeable CPU multiplier + x8-x50
Changeable core voltage + 1.1-1.5V in 0.025 V steps
Changeable memory voltage + Default, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 V
Changeable chipset voltage -  
Changeable AGP bus voltage + Default, 1.6 V

We used the BIOS 1.05 beta as the latest available version. 

One of the fastest boards on the i845PE chipset has a good suite of functions and not bad overclocking capabilities - this model will definitely attract you. 

Test results: 


Dmitry Mayorov (destrax@ixbt.com

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