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Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review

Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The EP-9NPA+ Ultra offers users a very flexible nForce 4/PCI Express platform, and has some useful integrated peripherals.
 74% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Epox Mar 10 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra

Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 78.26
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 79.88
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 79.51
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 80.38
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 80.71
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 79.87
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 79.74
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 81.83
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 80.54
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 81.46

In Comanche 4, the Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra comes in first. By now it should be clear, this board is fast!

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A 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) and 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.

X2 The Threat
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 189.189
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.078
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 198.56
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 208.974
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 210.275
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 198.145
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 202.143
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 211.237
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 197.482
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 175.761

I'm not sure why the Epox motherboard performs so poorly in X2: The Threat, we reran the benchmark several times but got the same approximate framerates.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal 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 - Flyby:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 342.59
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 353.64
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 346.19
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 352.72
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 355.06
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 349.53
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 348.59
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 364.11
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 357.07
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 356.366
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 107.93
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.36
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 109.58
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 111.01
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 111.74
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 109.88
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 109.79
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 115.15
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 112.15
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 112.07

In UT2003 the 9NPA+ does very well for itself, and is able to keep up with the fastest Athlon64 motherboards.

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Contents of Article: Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Just the Basic Features
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and the Epox BIOS
 Pg 4.  Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra BIOS
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  A good board on a budget

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