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Epox EP-AF550G Pro Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review

Epox EP-AF550G Pro Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Epox EP-AF550G Pro supports all Socket AM2 AMD Athlon64/X2/FX and Sempron processors, and up to 16GB of DDR2-800 memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Feb 08 2007   Max Page  
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Overclocking the Epox EP-AF550G Pro motherboard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

250 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Epox motherboards generally overclock quite well, but seeing as the EP-AF550G is a budget board we're not sure what to expect this time around. Before the overclocking began, the AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ processor was set to use a 8x multiplier, and the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 memory to run in DDR2-533 MHz mode. This way neither component will hold the Epox AF550G from reaching its best.

Starting at 200 MHz the Epox EP-AF550G motherboard clock speed was increased in 5 MHz increments. There was absolutely no need to adjust the CPU, chipset or memory voltage during any of our testing. Epox's EP-AF550G hit the motherboard's top speed of 250 MHz with ease, but that is where our tests also had to stop. It's worthwhile to remember that the Epox EP-AF550G is aimed at the entry level market, and is not designed for overclockers.

We would have liked to see higher motherboard clock speed options.... but for what the Epox's EP-AF550G offers we are satisfied.

Inside the Epox BIOS:


There are certainly lots of DDR2 memory timing adjustments to choose from, if you're a tweaker you'll no doubt familiarize yourself with all these options.

The motherboard frequency can be adjusted between 200-250 MHz in 1 MHz increments. The integrated GeForce 6100 core clock speed can be increased between 1-100%. There are CPU clock multiplier adjustments. Maximum CPU voltage is 0.15V above stock, chipset goes up by 0.3V, and memory by 0.7V.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Epox EP-AF550G Pro motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVIDIA GeForce 6100 based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ Intel Pentium D 940
Clock Speed: 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Socket: Socket AM2 Socket 775
Motherboard: Epox EP-AF550G Pro (GeForce 6100)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (ATI RD580)
Asus M2R32-MVP (ATi RD580)

Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150)
MSI
K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Epox
MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI)
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory: Corsair Twin2X2048-8500
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference

Thermaltake Jungle 512

Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
VIA 4in1 5.09a
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: Epox EP-AF550G Pro
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-AF550G Pro Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The GeForce 6100/nForce 430 chipset
 Pg 3.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 4.  Epox EP-AF550G Motherboard Gallery
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking the Epox EP-AF550G Pro motherboard
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  A Great Budget Platform?

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