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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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Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001, 3DMark05

FutureMark PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 4992
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4943
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4927
CPU Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 4558
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4546
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4563
Memory Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 5043
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4984
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4994

All three motherboards score about the same results in PCMark04, although the K8T800 PRO based MSI K8T Neo2-FIR does have a slight advantage in the memory portion.

FutureMark 3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 Benchmark Results
Motherboard 3DMarks Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 28908
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28383
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28127

The Epox 9NDA3+ comes in last in 3DMark2001, but just by a small margin. I must be getting old, since I remember when scoring 20k in 3DMark2001 was difficult. Now a stock Athlon64 4000+ with an X800XT PE is almost able to break 30k at stock speeds.

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is the latest version of the highly favoured 3DMark graphics benchmarking series. It is the first benchmark to require DirectX®9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher!

3DMark05
Overall: 3DMarks Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 5015
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4774
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4678
CPU: 3DMarks Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 5546
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4713
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4654

In 3DMark05 the K8T800 PRO, MSI K8T Neo2-FIR motherboard jumps to an early lead and extends it further in the CPU portion of the test. The Epox 9NDA3+ brings up the rear in this benchmark, but only by a slim margin

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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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