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Epox EP-8RGA+ nForce2-IGP Motherboard Review

Epox EP-8RGA+ nForce2-IGP Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The onboard components include ATA/133, two Firewire ports (IEEE 1394), 10/100 LAN, six ports USB2.0.
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Epox Mar 21 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Epox EP-8RGA+

Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 3000+
Clock Speed:

13 x 166 MHz = 2.17 GHz

Motherboards:

Epox 8RDA+
Epox 8RGA+

Chipsets: nVIDIA nForce2 SPP
nVIDIA nForce2 IGP
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (not used with the 8RGA+)
Integrated GeForce4 MX

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/37 CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA Hyperion 4.45
nVIDIA nForce 2.00
Catalyst 3.1
Benchmarks

SysMark 2002
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena
UT2003

We all know how fast the nForce2/Radeon 9700 Pro is, and for this review it was not used. Our tests with the Epox 8RGA+ are based entirely on the use of the integrated GeForce4 MX GPU.

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 325
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 317
3. 8RGA+ - 200/400 345

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 198
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 189
3. 8RGA+ - 200/400 195

At stock it seems the 8RGA+ lags behind the 8RDA+ a bit both Internet Content and Office Productivity. This is most likely due to the integrated GeForce4MX.

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Content (FSB/Memory) Score Ranking
1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 33.2
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 32.6
3. 8RGA+ - 200/400 34.3

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1. 8RDA+ - 166/333 47.1
2. 8RGA+ - 166/333 45.5
3. 8RGA+ - 200/400 46.5

Like we saw in SysMark2002, the 8RGA+ at stock speeds is a tad slower then the 8RDA+ because of the integrated video. Overclocking does boost the 8RGA+'s performance higher then the 8RDA+ in Content Creation but not in Business Winstone.

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Contents of Article: Epox EP-8RGA+
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-8RGA+ nForce2-IGP Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  The Powerful 8RGA+ BIOS
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003 Pro
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  Yet another wicked board!

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