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Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review

Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Epox 9NDA3+ Socket 939 motherboard comes with onboard IEEE 1394a Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet, 8 USB2.0 jacks, an additional 2-channel SATA controller.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Nov 17 2004   Max Page  
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Maximum Motherboard Overclocks and Conclusion

After some discussion for and against removing overclocking benchmarks entirely from PCstats reviews, we have decided to change how we do things, but still include them. From now on, PCstats reviews will simply list the maximum overclocked speed a motherboard is able to achieve rather than provide an overclocked score for each and every benchmark.

Since overclocking can be a very subjective skill, it just makes more sense to keep our benchmarks focused on the stock performance of system components. Plus, by listing the maximum overclocked speeds of various motherboards here, you have a better idea of which manufacturer produces the best goods for enthusiasts!

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

AMD Motherboard Results

Chipset

FSB

Ranking

Epox 9NDA3+ NF3 Ultra 283 MHz
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 NF3 Ultra 270 MHz
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum NF3 Ultra 236 MHz
Asus A8V DLX K8T800 PRO 220 MHz
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR K8T800 PRO 220 MHz

When overclocked, the Epox 9NDA3+ is able to snatch the PCstats Athlon64/Socket 939 overclocking crown away from the Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 motherboard. This socket 939 board simply blows everything else out of the water with a top FSB overclock of 283MHz!

Another well rounded motherboard

I think the early rounds of the Socket 775 Pentium 4 VS. Socket 939 Athlon 64 bout should be scored a draw. While Intel has arguably been the more innovative of the two, with DDR-2 memory and PCI Express videocards (now only met by nforce 4 chipsets), neither company has scored any real knockout blows. At the moment, most enthusiasts are probably inclined to go towards Socket 939 Athlon64 or athlon64 FX processors for performance and 64-bit software compatibility. However, with economically priced Athlon64's difficult to track down, neither AMD nor Intel is making much headway.

The Epox 9NDA3+ is a great motherboard for typical multimedia users and performance enthusiasts interested in overclocking. Included in the $154 CDN ($129 US) price tag is a Gigabit NIC, IEEE 1394, a 7.1 onboard audio codec and an additional Serial ATA controller. It's not the most well-equipped motherboard on the market, but it has pretty much everything essential. If you find you're missing something, the five 32-bit PCI slots, and four DDR DIMM slots should be plenty for your expansion needs.

In the benchmarks we ran on the Epox 9NDA3+, the board demonstrated it was able to keep up with the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum and MSI K8T Neo2-FIR motherboards. Both of these solutions are among the fastest on the market. Epox has always been good at overclocking and we're certainly not disappointed with the results of the 9NDA3+. In our tests with an Athlon64 4000+ CPU, PCstats was able to achieve an FSB overclock of 283 MHz, which is higher than we've ever gone on any socket 939 motherboard previously. If you're thinking about jumping on the Socket 939 bandwagon, the Epox 9NDA3+ is a fine choice. It's pretty much as fast as any other Socket 939 motherboard on the market and it's affordable... There's not much more you could ask for.

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1. MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review
2. Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard Review
3. MSI K8T Neo2-FIR K8T800 Pro Motherboard Review
4. Asus A8V Deluxe Athlon64 Motherboard Review
5. AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Socket 939 Processor Review

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Contents of Article: Epox 9NDA3+
 Pg 1.  Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Does Epox = Overclocking?
 Pg 3.  System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 10.  — Maximum Motherboard Overclocks and Conclusion

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