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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.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Aug 25 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05

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.

3DMark2001SE:
Motherboards: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 27712
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 26165
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27900
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 27963
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31156
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 27941
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31130

We have upgraded the testing videocard to a speedy MSI GeForce 7800GTX and those are some pretty awesome stock scores! Running SLI definitely improves things, but we see that the system is CPU limited.

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: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 7588
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 7568
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 7676
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 7681
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11697
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 7672
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11578
CPU: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5044
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4881
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5549
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 5513
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5416
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 5499
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5227

3DMark05 numbers are very close across the board. This tells us that Athlon64 performance is good no matter what motherboard you decide to go with. Running SLI boosts the overall score nicely, and the Epox 9NPA+ SLI keeps up with the DFI motherboard quite easily.

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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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