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Epox 5NVA+ SLI NF4 Intel Edition Motherboard Review

Epox 5NVA+ SLI NF4 Intel Edition Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The four DIMM slots can accommodate up to 8GB of unbuffered non ECC DDR2 memory running at 400/533/667 MHz, while operating in dual channel mode with 1.8V.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Sep 12 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 96.9
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 94.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 97.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 96.2
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 96.2
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 94.4

Doom 3 framerates are good overall and all systems are close to the 100fps barrier. I am rather surprised that SLI reduces performance since this game is usually very nVIDIA friendly.

A very nice board overall!

The main reason why I enjoy playing with computers so much is that the landscape is always changing. Those of you (like me) who thought Intel was untouchable in the chipset market had better rethink that opinion. nVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset is fast, packed full of features like SLI that Intel does not currently support, and is overclocker friendly.

Boards like the Epox 5NVA+ SLI which support pretty much every Socket 775 processor on the market today, from 533/800/1066 MHz FSB Pentium 4/D/Extreme Edition and Celeron D processors. Even an impressive 8GB of DDR2 system memory! The board is a bit light with onboard devices, only sporting Gigabit LAN, IEEE 1394a and 7.1 audio however its two open PCI Express x1 (three if you count the second PCI E x16 slot when running a single videocard) and two PCI slots should give users ample room for expansion.

In terms of performance the Epox 5NVA+ SLI often competed for top spot against Intel's 955X and 945P based motherboards and often came out on top. The system was particularly fast in SYSmark 2004 as well as the PCMark series, if you are doing something HDD intensive, a nForce4 powered motherboard is an excellent choice.

The Epox 5NVA+ SLI was also a decent overclocker so those of you who like to push your systems to the limit will be pleased. Epox does not allow for hardcore voltages but I was still able to push my board up to 247 MHz FSB, I thought that is a decent speed considering I'm on air cooling.

With a retail price $235 CDN ($199 US) that falls well within the premium category, the Epox 5NVA+ SLI motherboard is a real high performance alternative to Intel core logic based solutions.

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Contents of Article: Epox 5NVA+ SLI
 Pg 1.  Epox 5NVA+ SLI NF4 Intel Edition Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  More details on the motherboard
 Pg 3.  The Epox BIOS
 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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