Epox 4PDA2+ Rev2 i865PE Motherboard Review
release of the i865PE 'Springdale' chipset in May of this year, Intel introduced a core logic
that was targeted squarely at the masses. And did it ever sell! Enthusiasts, and regular
consumers alike have been flocking towards this gem of a
chipset, largely because it offers 95% of the performance of the i875P for about 80%
of the price.
ability to turn on Performance
Acceleration Technology (PAT) in the first revision of the i865PE chipset
Intel had a problem on their hands. Even without PAT enabled, the i865PE performed almost as
fast as the more expensive i875P. With PAT enabled, i865PE performance was identical to that of
the high end i875P chipset, but at a fraction of the price. Intel were not about to
continue competing with themselves, and it's rumored that on second revision i865PE chips PAT had
been physically cut from the equation.
Epox are a favorite motherboard manufacturer to many consumers, even if they
are somewhat small when compared to the likes of
MSI, Asus or Gigabyte. It's not just that Epox motherboards are held in good regard,
and typically fast, it's that the boards also tend to offer consumers good value.
Looking at the feature set and design of the Epox
4PDA2+ Rev 2.0, it's quite clear that designers built for the present, without cutting
short on the future. Too many motherboards these days are being designed for the
common PC of six months to a year from now.
4PDA2+ Rev 2.0|
Ships with the following:
- 2x Rounded Ultra/133 Cables
- 2x Serial ATA Cables
- FDD Cable
- 2x Serial ATA Power Cables
- Driver CD
- I/O Back Plate
- Users Manual
- RAID User Manuals
- Quick Installation Guide
Game Port/Serial ATA Bracket
IEEE 1394 Bracket
on the i865PE the Epox 4PDA2+
can be used with any current 'Northwood' Pentium 4 processor (400/533/800MHz FSB). With its four DIMM slots
the board can accommodate up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM. Standard onboard features include
5.1 audio, Gigabit LAN (not CSA), IEEE 1394, Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID, IDE RAID
and of course Epox's Port 80 diagnostics card. Despite all the onboard features, Epox still
include five PCI slots for your upgrading needs.