Asrock P4AL-800 Bios 2.1 Publisher's description
Asrock P4AL-800 Bios 2.1
Ali has been relatively quiet in the retail motherboard market and you hardly see any vendor using Ali chipsets. The last time we got our hands on an Ali chipset motherboard was the Iwill XP333 and that was dated back in February 2002. Ali is still actively producing chipsets and Ali chipsets survived through the OEM channel where the price is the primary consideration for many buyers.
After the first faulty review sample, ASRock kindly sent us another motherboard for a test drive on their P4AL-800 motherboard.
ASRock has the convention of renaming the chipset to its own name and the A800N chipset is actually Ali M1683 chip with M1563 Sounth Bridge. The chipset supports single channel DDR 266/333/400 RAMs up to a maximum of 4GB of memory. A maximum of three doubled sided RAMs can be installed and P4AL800 has exactly three dimm slots onboard. The AGP port meets the AGP V2.0 and 3.0 specifications with 8X data transfer. The board supports 1.5V AGP card only and using 3.3V AGP card will cause permanent damage to the motherboard.
The north bridge and the south bridge are connected via a Hyper-Transport bus to accommodate the bandwidth demands for today's applications. The south bridge has direct ATA 133 support but no serial ATA support.