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Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review

Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory.
 82% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Epox Aug 25 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004

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
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 324.98
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 307.08
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 335.86
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 331.68
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 329.27
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 334.67
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 322.26
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 108.74
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 102.24
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 111.31
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 110.13
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 109.64
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 110.55
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 108.76

UT2003 framerates are quite good all around and users would definitely be pleased with the performance of this Epox motherboard.

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 124.28
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 104.71
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 118.89
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 126.81
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 124.46
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 117.5
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 115.53
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 84.55
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 67.68
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 76.41
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 85.77
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 84.06
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 75.91
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 74.99
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 172.37
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 142.59
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 164.5
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 176.01
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 173.55
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 162.53
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 159.16

The Epox motherboard performs every so slightly slower than the DFI motherboard in UT2004. I doubt hardcore users would notice the difference.

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Contents of Article: Epox 9NPA+SLI
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Memory LEDs and More Features
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the 9NPA+SLI Motherboard
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

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