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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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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

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 Single) 27963
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31156
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 27941
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31130
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 28311
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 31340
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 24571
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 26944

3DMark2001 scores are quite nice. This benchmark benefits greatly from clock speed and the other systems simply have more of it to spare.

Futuremark 3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is the latest version of the highly favoured 3DMark graphics benchmarking series. It is the first benchmark to require DirectX9.0 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 Single) 7681
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11697
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7672
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11578
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 7646
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 11605
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7514
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 10046
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 Single) 5513
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5416
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5499
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5227
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 5440
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 5418
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 4512
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 4505

With a single PCI Express videocard, 3D performance is about the same as the other nForce4 SLI motherboards. With two GeForce 7800GTX's in SLI installed, the system seems to bottleneck the videocards ever so slightly.

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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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