New Motherboards And A Mini-PC From Albatron
Besides graphics cards, Albatron also announced several motherboards. Firstly, the new flagship mainboard, the PX975X, supporting Extreme Edition processors and dual graphics configurations. The PX975X also uses a Digital Clock generator to adjust frequencies for clocks located within the system.
The PX975X has dual power supply connectors and offers ten SATA II ports and six IDE interfaces supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5. The PX975X also features 8-channel High Definition Audio, Broadcom Gbit LAN and ABS (Albatron BIOS Security).
The second motherboard novelty is the new KM51PV-AM2 following in the footsteps of semiconductor giant AMD's leap into the world of integrated DDR II memory controllers for K8 processors. Albatron's KM51PV-AM2 features NVIDIA's GeForce 6150 chipset with integrated graphics engine and supports AM2 processors.
The KM51PV-AM2 offers built-in D-sub, DVI, TV-out and HDTV interfaces. Also included are four SATA II channels with RAID.
Another two motherboards to be launched are the PXP965 and the PXG965, both geared towards Intel's next-generation Conroe processor. The PX965 uses the Intel P965/ICH8 chipsets while the PXG965 uses the Intel G965/ICH8 chipsets. The G965 integrates Intel's 4th generation graphics engine. Both chipsets support the latest DDRII technology with speeds up to 800MHz and maximum bandwidths to 12.8 GB/s.
Both motherboards offer one PCI-E X16 slot, one PCI-E X1 slot and one Universal PCI-E slot. Also integrated onto them are Broadcom Gbit LAN and a RealTek audio codecs for 8-channel High Definition Audio Technology. Both also contain Albatron's own ABS (Albatron BIOS Security) system as an option.
The new Intel ICH8 Southbridge chipset features support for two more SATA II interfaces compared to previous ICH7 implementations. The ICH8 also can support two more USB ports (total of 10). Although this new Southbridge no longer supports IDE interfaces, Albatron has integrated 3rd party IDE solutions for those users who want to upgrade using existing IDE hardware.
The next novelty is the new KI51PV mainboard based on NVIDIA's GeForce 6150 chipset with integrated graphics supporting PureVideo technology. The KI51PV's small form factor (Mini-ITX) is perfect for a wide range of specific-use applications such as Consumer Electronics, IPCs, Automobiles, POS systems, DIY enthusiast systems etc.
The KI51PV supports AMD's Athlon 64, Sempron 64 and Turion 64 CPUs. It also contains one DDR 333/400 MHz DIMM slot for a total memory capacity of up to 1GB. Also onboard is Dual Gbit PHY, eight USB 2.0 ports (4 by header), four SATA II ports (with RAID) and two IDE channels. Also included is support for DVI in addition to TV-out, D-Sub and optional support for YPbPr.
Finally, the company introduced its new Mini-PC sized 224x160x50mm. The machine employs an Intel Core Duo CPU along with Intel 945GT chipset that comes with GMA950 graphics engine running at 400MHz. It also includes the latest DivX and WMV9 video decoders and integrates 8 channel audio effects as well as a TV-out connector. The Mini-PC is compatible with the Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition and Intel VIIV technology.
Other features include six USB ports and one 1394 port, an optional Wireless LAN (Albalink) and Bluetooth kits, a 3-in-1 card reader (SD/MS/MMC). At all that, the Mini-PC produces noise under 30dBA.
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