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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: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 81.5
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 79.5
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 82.97
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 82.62
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 81.6
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 82.81
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 80.05
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 82.77
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 80.15
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 68.7
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 65.65

Comanche 4 does not put the Epox 8NPA SLI motherboard in a good light and SLI degrades performance all around.

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 198.165
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 186.798
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 201.418
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 216.091
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 245.341
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 201.013
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 239.701
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 202.903
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 243.103
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 181.303
Epox 8NPA SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 104.773

It is rather surprising to see SLI drop the X2: The Threat frame rate so much, the benchmark was rerun a few times with the same results.

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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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