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Epox 8HDA3+ K8T800 Athlon64 Motherboard Review

Epox 8HDA3+ K8T800 Athlon64 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Epox 8HDA3+ supports the Socket 754 Athlon64 processor, and unlike a lot of other Athlon64 motherboards, only features two DDR memory slots.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Nov 08 2003   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and BIOS

When it comes to overclocking we have high expectations from Epox motherboards and that's because they usually overclock so well. Unfortunately, the 8HDA3+ does not give the end user the ability to change the multiplier, so we were pretty sure that the processor would be maxing out before the motherboard did.

Starting at 200 MHz we began to raise the clock speed of the motherboard slowly. At around 215 MHz our memory started to give us problems and raising the memory voltage didn't seem to help, memory frequency was lowered. After that was done, we regained stability and slowly raised the clock speed again. At 225 MHz we began to encounter stability problems which were easily solved by raising the Vcore to 1.6V.

We seemed to hit the wall at 230 MHz, and no matter what we did we could not get the board to go any higher. I'm sure that the 8HDA3+ has more in it, but unfortunately the current BIOS just throws up too many limitations.

Enter the blue BIOS:

As we mentioned earlier the Epox 8HDA3+ does not allow the user to modify the memory timings which is quite unfortunate. With that said, the board did come in last in all the benchmarks, but please remember that the 8HDA3+ will be running with 2-3-3-6 timings (SPD on the Corsair XMS3500 CAS2 DIMM's).

The 8HDA3+ is definitely a workstation motherboard... You can adjust the motherboard frequency from 200-250 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Maximum voltage for the CPU was 1.75V, 2.8V for the memory and 1.8V for the AGP. And now, on with the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Epox 8HDA3+
 Pg 1.  Epox 8HDA3+ K8T800 Athlon64 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Clear spaces around the AGP slot
 Pg 3.  Gigabit LAN and much more
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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