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Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review

Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The small module to the left contains the CSR Bluetooth chip and related circuitry, all in a space of less than 24mm x 14mm.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Sep 06 2002   Colin Sun  
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Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review

Epox has the reputation of producing well built & fast motherboards that overclock very well. This was evident with the Epox 8KHA+ and 8K3A+ (which we loved), and now Epox has released another motherboard based on the VIA KT333 chipset.

To be honest we were a bit surprised by this move. After all, the 8K3A+ was and still is very popular among AMD users. Why not release a motherboard based on the VIA KT400 or SiS746 chipsets instead?

To spice up the Epox 8K5A2+ motherboard and differentiate itself from the older 8K3A+ Epox has done a few clever things. As with MSI and their KT3 Ultra2-BR, Epox is shipping this motherboard with Bluetooth peripherals.

The small module to the left contains the CSR Bluetooth chip and related circuitry, all in a space of less than 24mm x 14mm. More on this in a bit though as the Epox 8K5A2+ has a few other features worth mentioning right away. The most significant of which is native USB 2.0 support thanks to the new VIA VT8235 southbridge. Other features on the board include a software based onboard 5.1 audio codec, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, UDMA 133 IDE RAID, a full six PCI slots, 4x AGP and three DIMM slots supporting up to 3GB of PC1600/2100/2700 DDR RAM.

Epox 8K5A2+ Motherboard

Ships with the following:

  • IDE ATA100 Cable
  • FDD Cable
  • Driver CD's / floppy
  • RAID, flash, bluetooh Manual
  • User Manual
  • IO shield
  • USB extension Cable
  • 2 port USB bracket
  • Bluetooth Bracket
    (antenna, cable, module)
  • Bluetooth USB Dongle
Brackets:

Epox has been using the same general motherboard layout for the last few releases and it has served them quite well. Even though the 8K5A2+ still uses a passive cooler on the KT333 Northbridge, at least it's attached with clips instead of tape like the Epox 8K3A+. Some sort of active cooling on the KT333 chipset would have been an nice extra since it can get quite warm.

With so many devices integrated onto the PCB, it's great that Epox was still able to squeeze in a full compliment of six PCI slots. With so many PCI's you're not going to run out of upgrade options any time soon, and that is good for the lifespan of you purchase!

Looking at the back of the motherboard, we can see that the "overclocking strips" that were on the back of both the 8KHA+ and 8K3A+ are now gone. Does that mean overclocking performance on the Epox 8k5A2+ won't be as good...?

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Contents of Article: Epox 8K5A2+
 Pg 1.  — Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances
 Pg 3.  EPOX Bluetooth Gear
 Pg 4.  The Epox 8K5A2+ BIOS
 Pg 5.  Overclocking, you know it you love it!
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Sysmark2002
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone, Winbench
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2002, PCMark 2002
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, QIII Arena
 Pg 10.  Final Words

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