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Epox EP-8K3A+ KT333CE Motherboard Review
Epox EP-8K3A+ KT333CE Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: When Epox announced the release of the KT333-based 8K3A+ many wondered if they would be able to reproduce the successes they had enjoyed in the past.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox May 31 2002   C. Sun  
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8K3A+ Conclusions

Other then the unusual 3D performance we were very happy with the Epox 8K3A+, it is indeed an extremely quick board with lots of options and worth your hard earned dollars. We had zero stability issues with the board, even at a 180 MHz FSB or with all three DIMM slots occupied with double sided 256MB modules.

With a price tag of $195 CDN it's one of the better value KT333CE based motherboards; with onboard 5.1 audio, Ultra/133 IDE RAID, six PCI slots and three DIMM slots this board has almost everything you need.

Epox's extremely powerful BIOS almost rivals the boards hardware specifications with CPU voltage tweaks up to 2.2V and DRAM up to 3.2V. The 8K3A+ is probably one of the best motherboards for tweakers to work with.

As for overclocking, we hit a top speed, er... FSB of 180 MHz and we're 100% positive that we were limited by our KingMAX DDR333 memory. Many other web sites, as well as users, have claimed 200 MHz FSB easy with good RAM! Still, things aren't all rosy, the KT333CE issues in the overclocked environment contribute to lower than KT266A performance at higher bus speeds.

At 180 MHz FSB for instance we found that the 8K3A+ could barely beat Epox's own 8KHA+ at 175 MHz FSB. This is not a fault of the motherboard, rather it is tied in with the dividers in the KT333CE chipset. With the 2/5 AGP divider kicking in at 166 MHz the AGP is no longer getting as much bandwidth as before plain and simple.

Putting those chipset related issues aside the Epox 8K3A+ is a great board and one we can easily recommend to everyone, even if you don't plan on overclocking it.

At stock speeds it is extremely fast and overclocking just brings more "goodness" out of the package. The only thing we can suggest to Epox is to add adjustable AGP/PCI dividers in the BIOS rather then letting them kick in by themselves. Unfortunately that is the only way to fully unleash the potential of the 8K3A+.

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Contents of Article: Epox EP-8K3A+
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-8K3A+ KT333CE Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Looking at the Epox 8k3A+
 Pg 3.  Room for improvement?
 Pg 4.  Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances
 Pg 5.  Overclocking & Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001SE
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 11.  — 8K3A+ Conclusions

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