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Albatron K8SLI Review

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I would like to thank Albatron for supplying the tested motherboard.

After our recent review of the Albatron PX925XE, my contact at Albatron asked if I wanted to test a "very very fast and affordable" nForce4 SLI motherboard. First I was a bit sceptical about very very fast, but after reviewing this board I must admit he was right.

The Albatron K8SLI is based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI chipset. This chipset was the first platform to support PCI-Express and the dual-video card solution SLI and is now the prefered chipset when it comes to using AMD CPUs. It is available in three version "nForce4" "nForce4 Ultra" and "nForce 4 SLI".

Not only does the chipset support PCI-Express and SLI, it also has four SATA-II capable ports with RAID 0/1/0+1 support. Also integrated is a native Gigabit Ethernet controller which can be used with NVIDIA's own firewall solution and ten USB2.0 ports.


Albatron K8SLI
ProcessorAMD Athlon64 / FX Socket 939
FSB800 MHz / 1000+ MHz
ChipsetNVIDIA nForce4 SLI
Memory4x 240 Pin DDR, Dual Channel DDR333/400, up to 4 GB
Slots2x PCI-E x16
2x PCI-E x1
2x PCI
HDD Connectivity2x ATA-133
Networking10/100/1000 Mbps - VITESSE VSC8201RX (PHY) via NVIDIA nForce4
Ports8x USB 2.0 (4 on Back Panel)
1x Serial, 1x Parallel
Audio6 Channel Realtek AC97 Audio,
optional S/PDIF
Form FactorATX 293 x 198mm

Specifications from Albatron

  • AMD Athlon™64 / Athlon™64 FX Processor
  • Socket 939 with FSB 800/1000+ MHz
  • 4 DDR333/400 Memory Sockets (Dual Channel).
  • Built-in Realtek AC97 6 channel
  • NVIDIA nForce4 SLI GbE LAN
  • 2*PCI Express x 16 ( nVIDIA SLi technology support X8+X8 ,No support for ATi Radeon X300)
  • 2*PCI Express x 1, 2*PCI Slots
  • 4 Serial ATAII Channels, Serial ATA RAID 0,1& 0+1
  • 2 ATA133 Channels, up to 4 ATA 133 IDE Devices
  • Dual BIOS (Second BIOS by ABS Card) (Optional)
  • 8 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (4 ports by optional cable)
  • Socket939 AMD Athlon™64 / Athlon™64 FX Processor
  • 800/1000+ MHz
  • Chip : nForec4 SLI ( Single chip)
  • LAN Chip : VITESSE VSC8201RX (PHY)
  • Audio Chip : Realtek ALC655
  • I/O Chip: Winbond Smart I/O W83627THF
  • 4 * DDR Sockets:
  • DDR 333/400 NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 4GB ( Dual Channel )
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI Express x 16 2*PCI Express x 16 ( nVIDIA SLi technology support X8+X8 ,No support for ATi Radeon X300)
  • 2 x PCI Express x 1
  • 2 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant)
IDE / SATA Connectors
  • 2 ATA133 Channels, up to 4 ATA 133 IDE devices
  • 4 Serial ATAII Channels, up to 4 Serial ATAII Hard Drives
Onboard I/O Connectors
  • 1 x Floppy Connector
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 header (4 ports by optional cable)
  • 1 x S/PDIF in/out header (S/PDIF in/out cable optional)
  • 1 x CPU fan header ( 1 fan rotation detection function )
  • 2 x System fan headers
  • 2 x 5 pin system panel header (Intel spec)
  • 1 x 3 pin Power LED header
  • 1 x Front audio header (Intel spec)
  • 1 x ABS header
I/O via Back Panel
  • PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 2 x USB(2.0/1.1), RJ45,1 x Com(serial), 1 x Parallel, 1 x RCA,1x Line-in/Line-out(Speaker Out)
  • 24-pin ATX power connector, 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
BIOS Feature
  • 4Mb Flash EEPROM
  • Award BIOS with ACPI, DMI2.0, PnP, WfM2.0, Green Suspend to RAM (S3), Suspend to Disk (S4) Wake on keyboard/mouse, Wake on LAN/RTC Timer
Hardware Monitoring
  • 3 FAN sensors, CPU/System voltages and temperature monitoring
Special Feature
  • Zero Jumper Design
  • Dual BIOS (Second BIOS by ABS Card) (Optional)
  • Adjustable CPU frequency by 1 MHz increment, Adjustable Vcore,,VMemory for overclocking.
  • Watch Dog Timer (auto-reset system when it can not handle overclock configurations)
  • Special design for CPU Over Temperature Protection.( OTP )
Form Factor
  • ATX ( 293x198 mm )
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