With all of the
issues regarding driver optimizations and 3DMark03, we've
come to distrust the results when comparing video card
performance. Nonetheless, when doing a motherboard
review, we find it to be a useful test when we isolate
benchmarking to the CPU test module. Here we ran the
test at default and overclocked speeds, comparing it to the
Once again, at
stock speed there was no discernable difference between the
two motherboards. When we increased the FSB to 260MHz,
we saw a hefty gain of 152 points, a boost of almost 24%.
Also, a pattern is beginning to develop here. Although
the i856PE board here is again neck and neck with the
Albatron i875P board, there is a consistent slight edge to
this Canterwood based Albatron motherboard. Perhaps,
although the i865PE can deliver "PAT-like" performance, it
still is a hair off from a full fledged i875P PAT design.
This difference may go completely unnoticed by the end user
but it still may exist in certain situations regardless.
UT2003 & Comanche 4
We also tested
the two motherboards with a couple of games. In this
case we ran two popular tests, Comanche 4 and UT 2003.
With Comanche 4, an extremely CPU limited benchmarking
utility, we ran the test at its defaults with "No Audio"
selected. In UT2003, we ran the Citadel Fly-By at
640x480x16 to keep the video card out of the equation,
focusing on CPU and Memory performance.
Once again, the
two motherboards ran a very close race, both remaining
within a fraction of the other's scores. When we
overclocked the system to 260MHZ FSB, the scores took a
major leap forward, tacking on 26.7% in Comanche4 and 27.1%
Magazine's Content Creation 2004 and Business
World Application Testing
With our last
round of tests we ran both Content Creation Winstone 2004
and Business Winstone 2004. Each application gauges a
system's overall performance with workstation and multimedia
applications. Content Creation 2004 tests multimedia
intensive applications, while Business Winstone 2004
compares performance with common workstation applications.
Below is a list of the programs each test uses to calculate
its final score.
Business Winstone 2004
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft Excel 2002
- Microsoft FrontPage
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Project
- Microsoft Word 2002
- Norton AntiVirus
- WinZip 8.1
Content Creation 2004
- Adobe® Photoshop®
- Adobe® Premiere®
- Macromedia® Director
Dreamweaver MX 6.1
- Microsoft® Windows
- Encoder 9 Version
- NewTek's LightWave®
- Steinberg? WaveLab?
As with all of
the other tests, the Content Creation and Business Winstone
2004 tests were very similar between the 875P and 865PE
motherboards. The differences between the two can be
considered close enough to be well within this test's margin
Note - Dave Altavilla:
Prescott Readiness -
The Albatron PX875 Pro is
a motherboard that claims "Prescott Ready" right on the box.
recent testing of Intel's latest incarnation of the P4,
we were able to put this board through its paces a bit with
a 3.2GHz Prescott core processor. Out of the box, the
board required a new BIOS revision, in order to boot the
processor properly. Once we had things up and running
the PX875 Pro delivered fairly well on its claim of Prescott
readiness. However, just about every current
motherboard to date that we've tested (and there have been
many), exhibited what I would call "alarming" temp levels in
both the MOSFET power array area and at the CPU level.
This is more of an issue with Prescott over all, since
clearly the chip is currently running very hot and it draws
a ton of power. We're hopeful that future process
improvements at Intel will alleviate this a bit but more
than likely it will take an entirely new chipset and
motherboard design to bring things within what we would call
PX875 Pro can deliver on being able to run Prescott and
there are other i875 solutions on the market that can do
this as well. However, keep those fans blowing on that
power array for sure. Albatron claims this board is "FMB
1.5" (Flexible Motherboard) compliant supporting 91 Amps,
which means it can support Prescott's power requirements.
However, if you're looking to make a move to a Prescott P4,
you're better off waiting for Intel's Alderwood and
Grantsdale chipsets to arrive this Spring.
experience, Albatron has historically made good products,
ranging from motherboards to video cards. However, we
are a little confused with the marketing strategy of the
PX875 Pro. There is no doubt that the PX875 Pro is a
good quality motherboard with excellent performance,
overclocking capabilities and features, but we are uncertain
how it fits in the bigger picture. Clearly, regardless
of your take on the PAT naming convention, the i875P and
i865PE offer very similar overall performance. Factor
in the board's "Pro" name that doesn't have the feature set
to back that statement up and we are left wondering what's
so "Pro" about this board. Clearly, this is a solid
well made board, but a we would expect a Pro model to have a
lot more features than this one. When you factor in
the only difference between the Pro and non-Pro version
being the inclusion of 10/100 Ethernet, the PX875 Pro seems
a bit bland.
In the end, if
you look at the base product and its features and ignore the
branding, you'll find the PX875 Pro a decent motherboard.
But if you are looking for similar performance and more
features including RAID, you may be better off with the
PX865PE PRO II which sells
Newegg for around $140. There you'll get all the
bells and whistles you are looking for along with a possible
break in price because of its unofficial "PAT" technology.
Another option would be their standard PX865PE Pro, which
sells for a competitive $79 and has nearly identical
features. We expect when the PX875 Pro is
released in mass to the public, that the price should be
competitive with other i875 based models, in the $130 - $150
We give the Albatron PX875 Pro a Hothardware Heat Meter
Rating of a 7.5
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