Date: April 5th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Albatron
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PRODUCT FEATURES & PICTORIAL
The PX875P Pro uses the same blue PCB as the KX18D Pro II. Personally, I think it looks amazing. With all of the blue LED accessories that you can find, it is easy to see how this board would shine in a windowed case.
At first glance, everything looks fairly well organized, although you can see quite a bit of free space to the left of the IDE channels. Still, nothing is cramped.
Albatron decided to go with a white retention bracket, which I quite like. There is a row of capacitors right beside it, however I did not experience any problems getting my CPU cooler installed.
The PX875P Pro supports both Northwood and Prescott P4s. It supports Hyper Threading as well as the previously mentioned PAT. The PAT that is on i875's is officially supported by Intel, as opposed to the "pseudo-PAT" which works on some i865's via BIOS updates. Pseudo-PAT has been known to work nearly as well as PAT on some systems, although PAT is more reliable.
The Northbridge (Intel's 82875P) is not actively cooled. Instead, Albatron went with a hefty gold colored heatsink. The pins are well designed however, and allow for very good airflow. Still, considering the 1200+ FSB claim, you would think they would choose some sort of active solution to keep the Northbridge cool.
Right next to the Northbridge, we have the AGP port. It uses a sliding lock, as opposed to the more popular hinged locking mechanism. This is the same type of lock which is on the KX18D Pro II, and I have found it to be much better than the hinged variety. Granted, that is a personal preference. The AGP slot is 3.0 compliant and supports 4x and 8x cards running at .8V or 1.5V. This is good as it allows people to use older video cards if that is all they have available.