Cebit 2005 - Day 3

Cebit 2005 - Day 3

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Albatron

Albatron does not do ATI video cards, but they had some well thought out NVIDIA solutions to show. When asked whether they think about adding ATI cards to their product lineup the answer was "I can't comment on that" - does not sound too bad to me. Their 512MB 6800U design is running in the labs and will most probably be presented at Computex.


The Albatron AGP6200A is Albatron's new budget AGP video card. It uses NVIDIA's NV44A GPU, clocked at 350 MHz with support for Shader Model 3.0. Memory size is 128MB DDR.


The second new video card was this 6600, which is equipped with better memory than NVIDIA's reference design and uses Albatron's WiseFan cooler.
During normal use, only two of the fans are active. Once the temperature rises above a certain level, the third fan kicks in. Also when one of the fans fails, the third will be running all the time. This is possible through an extra PCB with a microcontroller, which is integrated into the heatsink assembly.


In order to satisfy the power demands of heavily overclocked motherboards, Albatron designed an addon-module called mPower, which adds one phase to the motherboard's PWM circuitry. On motherboards the workload of converting power for the CPU is shared between several mosfets, usually six, resulting in three phases. With mPower (which is included free with all high-end models) you can upgrade to a four-phase motherboard just by plugging in a small PCB.


Intel's latest chipset i955X powers the PX955X
  • Intel Pentium 4 LGA 775
  • FSB 1066
  • Dual Channel DDR2 667 Support
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI-E x1, 3x PCI
  • 3x SATA II RAID
  • 7.1 Channel Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet

The Albatron K8 SLI uses NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Chipset:
  • AMD64 Socket 939
  • FSB 1000
  • Dual Channel DDR 400 Support
  • 2x PCI-E x16, 2x PCI-E x1, 2x PCI
  • 4x SATA II RAID
  • 5.1 Channel Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • No switch is required to switch the SLI mode, auto-detect circuitry is on the board.

Based on VIA's K8T890 the K8X890 has those features:
  • AMD64 Socket 939
  • FSB 1000
  • Dual Channel DDR 400 Support
  • 1x PCI-E x16, 1x PCI-E x1, 3x PCI
  • 2x SATA, 4x PATA
  • 7.1 Channel Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • mPower Support
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