The Epox 8HDA3+ has a fairly large space between the AGP slot
and the first PCI slot. This was good move as many videocard coolers are taking
up the first PCI slot just below the AGP. The 8HDA3+ also has all
the ATX power connectors bundled together to the upper left of the CPU socket which should help keep
cables out of the way of large heatsinks and fans.
Serial ATA is obviously the way of the future, the Epox 8HDA3+ is neatly equipped with no less than four
Serial ATA headers, with the option to RAID them if you so desire
as well. Having a sufficient number of free SATA headers for future hard drives
is always an important fact to look out for. There are of course two ATA133 IDE connectors
to support existing IDE hard drives, but with storage demands always increasing one can
never have enough.
As someone with many USB devices,
it is good to see that the 8HDA3+ supports four ports on the rear I/O panel. I would have liked to
have seen a few more.... but four should be more than enough to keep
most consumers happy.