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EPoX 8K9A2+ KT400 Review

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EPoX 8K9A2+ KT400 Review
Recensita su VR Zone la scheda madre Epox 8K9A2+ dotata del nuovo chipset VIA KT400.CPU Socket A for AMD Athlon/XP/Duron Chipset Northbridge: VIA KT400 Southbridge: VIA VT8235 FSB 200/266/333Mhz Form Factor ATX form factor, (30.5 x 24.5 cm) Bus Speeds 100 - 255MHz Memory 3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots Up to 3GB Multiplier Up to 13x Voltages VCore up to 2.0V VMem 2.5 - 3.2V Expansion Slots 1 AGP Slot 6 PCI Slots Fan Connectors 3 (1 CPU, 2 Chassis) Onboard IDE/SCSI Dual channel bus master IDE supporting up to 4 IDE devices ATA/133/100/66/ HightPoint HPT372 ATA-133 RAID Controller supporting up to 4 hard drives Silicon Image Sil3112A supporting up to 2 SATA devices Integrated Components Realtek ALC650 AC'97 CODEC VIA VT6103 10/100MB LAN Onboard Debug LEDCoclusioni dell'articolo:EPoX 8K9A2+ has a nicely designed box and also include in the package is the blue rounded cable which is popular among hardware enthusiasts. 8K9A2+ sports a usual greenish PCB with a purple AGP slot and EPoX has included a special light which they called it Magic Light into their chipset cooler to give off cool blue light. This board will certainly looks cool within a modded casing but if EPoX can make the PCB to black, red or silver PCB, i am sure the overall effect will be even more impressive. EPoX 8K9A2+ is pretty well featured with Serial ATA, RAID, onboard LAN & sound, 4 USB 2.0 ports as well as the useful debug LED. EPoX 8K9A2+ has a great BIOS with many tweakable settings. The BIOS allows FSB adjustment from 100-255Mhz in 1Mhz intervals, VCore up to 2.0V, VMem up to 3.2V and various memory timings settings. Not to mention, this board is unlocked internally for T'Bred processors therefore multipliers can be adjusted freely. This board proves to be an excellent board for overclocking and certainly the best choice for overclockers as good stability is still achievable under high FSB overclocking. I am able to increase the FSB from 133Mhz all the way up to 226Mhz and the memory performance is just amazing at that insane speed. EPoX 8K9A2+ performs slightly poorer than the 8K3A+ at DDR333 and performance is not at all good at DDR400 if you are using the 266Mhz FSB Athlon XP. The performance improvement will come from the use of the new 333Mhz FSB Athlon XP.
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