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Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review

Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The bevy of new Socket 754 motherboards being released will extend the investment you made in that processor all those months ago.
 85% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Epox Nov 09 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 Single) 331.68
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 329.27
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 334.67
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 322.26
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 333.07
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 320.96
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 277.63
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 268.68
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 Single) 110.13
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 109.64
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 110.55
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 108.76
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 110.13
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 108.29
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 92.82
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 91.31

The Epox 8NPA SLI motherboard trails the Socket 939 Athlon64 4000+ systems but not by much. When gaming, such minor speed changes are hard to notice.

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 Single) 126.81
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 124.46
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 117.5
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 115.53
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 116.97
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 114.88
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 98.46
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 96.74
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 Single) 85.77
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 84.06
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 75.91
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 74.99
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 75.52
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 74.62
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 63.48
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 62.62
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 Single) 176.01
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 173.55
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 162.53
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 159.16
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 161.68
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 158.49
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 136.23
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 133.35

UT2004 performance is also very good, looks like Socket 754 can still put up a decent fight against modern hardware!

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Contents of Article: Epox 8NPA SLI
 Pg 1.  Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Epox Overclocking Options
 Pg 3.  Inside the Epox 8NPA SLI 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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