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Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review

Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Epox 8K5A2+

Overclocking, you know it you love it!

If the motherboard is from Epox we will have high expectations. Hehe... I'm a very impatient overclocker, I usually try for a high target first off and if I don't succeed, I'll go lower. I first tried 166 MHz FSB and as expected, we didn't have any problems. Next was 180 MHz and the memory started to max out. Upping the DIMM voltage to 2.8V solved that problem. The board was then bumped up to 200 MHz FSB and everything was still running perfect.

205, 210, 215 MHz still no problems! The max speed I could reach was 219 MHz with the most aggressive memory timings! Not too shabby!

I was pretty sure the memory was starting to max out and upping the voltage to 3.2V didn't help.

Just to test the maximum speed of the motherboard, I lowered the memory timings to the most conservative and kept upping the FSB. At around 225 MHz I started to encounter some artifacts on the display but the system would load Windows no problem! This phenomenon is something owners of the 8K3A+ can relate to when they're pushing their boards past 200 MHz.

Here's what I'm talking about.

The highest FSB we were able to reach on the Epox 8K5A2+ while maintaining stability was 231 MHz FSB.

231 MHz FSB!!! That's simply insane! Here's the proof for the disbelievers....

And now I think it is high time we started the fabled benchmarking section, so let's get to it!

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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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