Albatron PX875P Pro - Page 2

..:: PX875P Pro Packaging ::..

Given that the majority of Albatron’s motherboard products fall more towards the budgeted end of the consumer spectrum, we weren’t expecting all too much out of the PX875P Pro’s package. We initially expected the usual product and item inclusions, and felt that we likely wouldn’t see too many extras thrown in to keep down cost. Upon arrival of the review unit, we found that our initial idea as to what would be included was correct. There were a few items that were absent, oddly enough, and we felt that some additional items could have, and should have been introduced into the P875P Pro’s package, given that it is a higher end motherboard.

To start things off, we have the various documentation items for the PX875P Pro. Much like what we often see from the likes of Gigabyte, and more recently Soltek, Albatron has chosen to include a fold-out, color installation guide. This guide has a large portrayal of the motherboard on the front cover with all of the vital components and connectors labeled. As we progressed through reading the installation guide, we found that it is quite good in making sure to cover all of the important points that a first time builder would need to know. The guide goes over all installation procedures ranging from the processor and jumper configuration, to simple tasks such as power supply and hard drive connections. Granted, for the experienced user this guide will be overlooked, but for a first time user this is a necessity.

The next item that we found was yet another feature that we like to see included with motherboards, that being a large sticker featuring a layout of the board. This sticker can be affixed to the interior of the case, and is easily accessible if needed. The sticker displays locations and pin diagrams for all of the major headers and jumpers located on the PX875P Pro’s PCB. Finally, we have the manual. Once again, this is one aspect where the Albatron product shines in that not only does the manual come in several languages, but it also manages to cover all of the most important aspects of the board, such as pin diagrams of headers, jumper setting data, excellent coverage of the various BIOS options, and excellent driver installation instructions. Albatron has even chosen to include several pages detailing the overclocking procedure, and the necessary precautions to take such as making sure to have proper cooling.

As far as hardware related inclusions go, this is where we begin to take a little less of a liking to the PX875P Pro’s product packaging. If you take a look at the picture above of the included items, you’ll notice one item missing. In three years of working with motherboards from a review standpoint, I don’t ever remember coming across a motherboard that didn’t include a rear I/O panel with the product package. Albatron has chosen to leave this item out due to the fact that the I/O layout for the PX875P Pro follows the standard scheme. Modern cases come equipped with a factory I/O panel with a standard layout, of which is utilized by the PX875P Pro. Nevertheless, this could pose an annoyance for those upgrading who might not have a I/O panel available to them with the standard layout.

Albatron has chosen to include two ATA/133/100/66 IDE cables, as well as the standard Floppy cable. The PX875P Pro also comes along with a single SATA power cable, and a single SATA data cable. I would’ve preferred to see an additional SATA data and power cable included to give the end user the capability to use both SATA channels. Granted, cables more often than not ship with retail hard drives, but for those users who purchase OEM components, it would be a nice inclusion. Lastly, Albatron includes an expansion bracket sporting four additional USB 2.0 ports to complement the two that have already been built into the motherboard. Many would prefer to see additional USB 2.0 ports built into the board rather than offered through an expansion bracket, but in the end you still end up with the same level of support with a slightly cleaner case interior.

Overall, the PX875P Pro’s package has strong points, as well as weak points. From a hardware item standpoint, we were a bit disappointed at the lack of some minor items such as a second SATA data / power cable set, as well as the rear I/O panel. These are minor items that won’t cause the end price to skyrocket, so I would’ve liked to see those included to make the PX875P Pro a better bang for the buck. The documentation that Albatron has included on the other hand is superb. All of the various inclusions that Albatron has chosen to make provide a well rounded and detailed look at the capabilities and layout of the PX875P Pro and will make even a first time builder’s life a little easier.