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Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's
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this picture already. If Epox had only allowed the end user to adjust memory
timings the board's performance would be on par with the other K8T800 motherboards.
Epox's first K8
Something to keep in mind when viewing the benchmarks is that
performance is relative, and I want to make it clear to everyone, the Athlon64
and accompanying hardware is extremely fast! Even though the Epox 8HDA3+ did
come in slightly behind the other reference motherboards it was only 5-8% slower
than the other boards in 3D applications, and mush less than that in 2D
apps. Compare those results to those from an Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz and it would be
clear that the AMD Athlon64 is the fastest processor between the two.
The Epox 8HDA3+ is clearly a very competent workstation
motherboard. It features the performance and stability we've come to expect
from Epox boards, and should server as very good platform for the socket
754 Athlon64 processor. In its current state, the board lacks a
BIOS which gives sufficient control over to the hands of the tweaking
enthusiast, but I'd be very surprised if this issue wasn't addressed in a future
produce the best Athlon64 core logic. Ali is way off in the rear with
a lack of tangible features, and the nForce3, while extremely feature packed and competent, can't quite
keep up to the K8T800 because of slightly slower hypertransport links.
The K8T800 is very fast and does not seem to be plagued by compatibility
problems that most first generation VIA chipsets have suffered. Memory bandwidth
and performance has traditionally been VIA's weak point but with the memory
controller built into the processor that's one less thing for VIA to worry
about. Additionally, a lot of work has gone into the K8T800 to ensure
it operates with full 16-bit, 800MHz Hypertransport links, both upstream and down.
The Epox 8HDA3+ is a fairly well
equipped motherboard with 5.1 channel audio, dual Ethernet ports (GbE LAN and 10/100 LAN),
Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID, ATA133 IDE, and of course the extremely useful Port
80 diagnostics card. If you're finding that you need more than the motherboard has to offer, the
five PCI always provide extra expansion room.
There are only a few things I feel I need to complain
about and number one is that Epox does not allow the end user to adjust the
memory timings. Without that, the board came in behind the reference
boards, albeit very slightly. Epox's 8HDA3+ is a good workstation motherboard, providing a
completely stable system platform from our tests. The AMD Athlon64's future is very bright, and
I'm sure the 8HDA3+ will do well.
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