completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects
such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you
can hide in them), many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects.
Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a
previously unseen level of detail.
be pretty obvious by now, if you're a gamer and want to go with a K7 system, get
yourself a nForce2 based motherboard! The VIA KT600 chipset just can't keep
| Unreal Tournament
Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award
winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound
and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs
the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a
DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.
UT2003 benchmark confirms what the other tests have been saying, the Epox 8RDA6+
PRO is a very fast AthlonXP motherboard!
The end of an era...
With the K7
processor close to the end of its life, Epox
have decided to have one last kick at the
can... and viola, the 8RDA6+ PRO is born.
Based on the nForce2 Ultra 400
chipset and the new nVidia MCP Gigabit/Serial ATA compatible southbridge, the
8RDA6+ PRO is a very capable motherboard that is full of features.
It features native Serial
ATA/IDE RAID, Gigabit ethernet, 7.1 audio, an additional Serial ATA RAID
controller, IEEE 1394a and of course the Port 80 diagnostics card. Everything is
well laid out and we have no real complaints, which is impressive. I guess it
can be annoying to have to remove the videocard (if you have a long one) when
installing memory, but that's the price you pay for having six PCI slots.
Enthusiasts should enjoy the voltage controls in the BIOS too.
Overall, the performance of
the Epox 8RDA6+ PRO was good. It kept up with the DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B in
all the benchmarks, and that's pretty much the fastest nForce2 motherboard you
can get. We were limited to a maximum FSB of 216 MHz which is a bit
disappointing considering it's Epox, but I guess you can't win them all. If
you're looking for your last Socket 462 motherboard, you might like what you see
in the Epox 8RDA6+ PRO!
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