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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.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Nov 09 2005   Colin Sun  
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Inside the Epox 8NPA SLI BIOS

The Epox 8NDA SLI motherboard comes with a whole load of memory tweaking options, just because you're not using the latest and greatest CPU does not mean you don't to tweak!

Experts Tip: A Little Known Memory Tweak...
Epox offers dozens of memory options in the BIOS of the 8NPA SLI motherboard, but the option that most affects system performance is 'Row Cycle Time' or 'Trc.' Memory willing, setting this value to '7T' should give the system a performance boost similar to what one would see when playing with the CAS Latency settings. If you have really good quality DDR, this will work. Bargain basement DDR will have a harder time running with Trc set to 7T. To be safe we'd recommend testing the system for stability before doing anything that is mission critical after making this adjustment.
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Users can adjust the motherboard frequency from 200-400 MHz, in 1 MHz increments. The PCI Express clock speed can be adjusted from 100-145 MHz, however that is better left alone. The Epox 8NPA SLI has multiplier control options, and CPU voltage can be increased 0.05V. DDR memory voltage goes as high as 3.1V, and chipset voltage all the way to 1.8V.

Now a quick look at the test system specs before we move right into the full spectrum of benchmarks. The Epox 8NPA SLI was tested with an AMD Athlon64 3200+ processor.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+
AMD Athlon64 3200+*

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz

Motherboards:

Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480)
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 (ULi M1695)
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra)
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI)
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI)*
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI)
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI)

Videocard:

MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

Memory:

2x 512MB PDP PDC1G3200+XBLK

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Software Setup

WindowsXP
Forceware 6.53
Forceware 78.01

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04
PCMark05
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

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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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