Albatron isn't entering the PC market blind, though. Jack Ko, formerly a founder of Gigabyte, is now their CEO. He brings with him a wealth of experience and a solid reputation.
Today we're looking at Albatron's KX400+ Pro, a KT333-based motherboard that claims to be the first to support DDR400 memory. There's a lot more to the KX400+ Pro than claimed DDR400 support, so let's dive in and see just what Albatron is offering.
We'll set the stage by looking at the board's feature set.
|CPU support||Socket 462-based AMD Athlon/Duron processors|
|North bridge||VIA VT8367|
|South bridge||VIA VT8235|
|PCI slots||6 32-bit/33MHz|
|AGP slots||1, 2X/4X AGP 2.0|
|AMR/CNR slots||1 CNR (shared with PCI)|
|Memory||3 184-pin DIMM sockets |
Maximum of 3GB of PC1600/PC2100/PC2700 DDR SDRAM
|Storage I/O||Floppy disk|
2 channels ATA/133
|Legacy ports||1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse,|
2 serial, 1 parallel
Game port and audio jacks
|USB||2 USB 2.0/1.1 ports|
4 additional USB 2.0/1.1 port via PCI backplane connector
|Audio||ALC650 6-channel audio|
|BIOS||Phoenix-Award with Dual BIOS and Voice Genie|
|Bus speeds||133-233MHz in 1MHz increments|
|Voltages||CPU: 1.10-1.85 in 0.025V increments|
DRAM: 2.5-2.8V in 0.1V increments
|Monitoring||Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring|
A couple of things jump out right away: first, the board has six PCI slots, and second, there's no integrated Ethernet or RAID. Let's go over some of the highlights in more detail, because there's a little more to this board than you might get from just looking at its spec sheet.