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Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup

Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Despite a bit of a delay at the release of the nForce2 chipset, nVidia appears to have learned their lessons well and have not made the same mistakes twice.
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External Mfg. Website: various Jun 29 2003   Colin Sun  
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The Epox 8RGA+

Epox 8RGA+ Motherboard

Ships with the following:

  • IDE ATA66/100 Cable
  • FDD Cable
  • Driver CD
  • User Manual
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Rear I/O Back Panel
  • Game Port Bracket
  • IEEE 1394 Bracket
  • There's only so many times we can talk about the same motherboard.... as you no doubt noticed, the 8RGA+ looks almost identical to the Epox's own 8RDA+ and the FIC AU11. The feature set between the motherboards are the same (10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio, IEEE 1394) but this time the 8RGA+ has an integrated GeForce4 MX as well.

    As you probably noticed in the rear I/O picture the 8RGA+ sports dual 15 pin analog monitor connectors! We're talking about dual monitors here baby! The Epox 8RGA+ is the only motherboard on the market that has this very cool option.

    We were happy to see that Epox decided to put a heatsink on the MCP southbridge. It's a shame that they kept the same Northbridge cooling though, that's the first thing overclockers will be replacing. To help keep things a bit more stable, Epox decided to add the ATX12V power connector to the motherboard. This seems to be optional though as we ran the 8RGA+ with no problems with only the main ATX power connector plugged in. Please keep in mind, your mileage may vary and you may find that you need to use the ATX12V to keep your system stable.

    Like dual BIOS's, every manufacturer should equip their motherboards with Port 80 diagnostics cards. I don't mind paying the price premium for such a handy tool! Nowadays when I test a motherboard without a Port 80 card, I seem to get frustrated easier. I guess the Port 80 spoiled me too much. =)

    In terms of overclocking the 8RGA+ is one of the best. Epox build upon the 8RDA+ and adds VDD adjustments (up to 2.0V) with the 8RGA+!

    The Epox 8RGA+ is a bit on the expensive side at $135 CDN ($100 US) but you're sure to be happy if you get the motherboard!

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    Contents of Article: various nforce2
     Pg 1.  Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup
     Pg 2.  The Pioneer - Asus A7N8X
     Pg 3.  Super Budget MSI K7N2-L
     Pg 4.  The awesome Epox 8RDA+
     Pg 5.  8RDA+'s twin, the FIC AU11
     Pg 6.  FIC's second go with the nForce2, the AU13
     Pg 7.  Magic who? Oh Soltek...
     Pg 8.  Abit, ahh wonderful Abit...
     Pg 9.  Small but powerful, Albatron KM18G Pro
     Pg 10.  Black Beauty, AOpen AK79G MAX
     Pg 11.  — The Epox 8RGA+
     Pg 12.  Feature Rich MSI K7N2G-ILSR
     Pg 13.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
     Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002
     Pg 15.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002
     Pg 16.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
     Pg 17.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
     Pg 18.  Benchmarks: UT2003
     Pg 19.  Overclocking and Conclusions

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