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Albatron: motherboards for Pentium 4 EE and Prescott core; something about capacitors

On the background of closing volume shipments of Prescott-based Pentium 4 processors Albatron Technology disclosed information about its system boards to be marked Prescott Ready hereafter. This means that boards already in production passed Pentium 4 EE and Prescott core compatibility tests and had BIOS upgraded. The company states that users of boards listed, but purchased before the "Prescott Ready" can also have BIOS upgraded.

And the list of Albatron´s "Prescott-Ready" includes:

  • Intel 875P + ICH5: PX875P, PX875P Pro
  • Intel 865PE + ICH5R: PX865PE Pro ll
  • Intel 865PE + ICH5: PX865PE, PX865PE Pro
  • Intel 848P + ICH5: PX865PE Lite,PX865PE Lite Pro

At the same time, Albatron spread some very interesting materials related to the quality of electrolytic capacitors. It´s hard to at once understand the hidden meaning of the statement that "Albatron... avoids problems that some manufacturers previously suffered due to low-quality electrolytic capacitors causing the electrolyte leakages motherboard damage. And Albatron... still uses electrolytic capacitors >1000µf with low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) made only in Japan by SANYO and Panasonic".

I wonder is it a hidden accusation of other companies using "non-Japanese" "capacitors? Or maybe we should soon witness another "capacitor scandal" aroung some manufacturer? Now I have only questions, though still it might just be an inoffensive marketing trick to distinguish proprietary solutions.

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