The computer industry
advances continually, but if you do your homework before choosing new PC
components you can adapt with the times. No technology will be completely future
proof, but it's nice not to have to overhaul one's computer system every six
months with something new and flashy comes along.
If there is one piece of advice you
can walk away with from this review its that gamers and normal folk should opt
for dual videocard supporting motherboards when the opportunity permits. It may
not necessary be the right thing for you to adopt two videocards and kick in the
graphics afterburners, but down the road you'll be glad you have the opportunity
to... especially when that cutting edge videocard in your PC is suddenly on the
bargain shelf for next to nothing. When we consider that a nVIDIA SLI or ATi
CrossFire motherboard can be had for less than $150 CDN, it makes sense to
choose this route over single PCI Express x16 boards. We're not sure how much
the Epox EP-MF570 SLI will retail for but judging by its feature set it should
be in the $150 range.
From what PCSTATS has seen in its evaluation of the Epox
MF570 SLI motherboard, I think it's safe to say that this isn't an 'everything
but the kitchen sink' kind of platform. Basic and practical features like dual
Gigabit network cards, an additional Serial ATA II/IDE RAID controller, 7.1
channel Intel Azalia High Definition audio and USB2.0 are covered. Everything
else is beyond the normal scope of an average user's needs.
The rear mounted 40mm fan is nice, but kind of
unnecessary. The Port 80 diagnostics card is a saviour of overclockers, finicky
memory modules, and just about any computer mishap which prevents the PC from
booting up as it should. Expansion is well cared for, and on the EP-MF570 SLI we
have two PCI Express x16 (x16, or x8 & x*), two PCI Express x1 slots and the
three 32 bit PCI slots.
The Epox MF570 SLI motherboard was strong all around in the
benchmarks and had no issues keeping up with more expensive nForce 590 SLI
boards like the Foxconn C51XEM2AA or Asus M2-CROSSHAIR.
3D performance with SLI enabled was as good as it gets, although there may be a
difference with future generation videocards.
One area where the Epox RP-MF570 SLI motherboard really
excels in is overclocking. Veteran overclockers will not be surprised about
this, Epox has always had a flare for this and its boards are use to being "the
overclocker's choice". The EP-MF570 SLI was able to reach a blistering 335 MHz
motherboard clock speed and that's mighty impressive for socket AM2 processors!
Few motherboards can reach this speed and if overclocking is your game, this is
one board you should definitely consider.
The Epox EPMF570 SLI is a very strong mid range
motherboard with a simple collection of feature and options. It's not an overly
flashy slab of PCB, but its performance makes up for its simple appearance. The
Epox EP-MF570 SLI motherboard would be a great backbone of any new mainstream
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