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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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Overclocking & Benchmarks

Overclocking the 8K3A+ was a very interesting adventure. We had some pretty weird results.... Because of the KT333CE's 2/5th AGP and 1/5 PCI divider we found that the overclocking performance of the motherboard wasn't as great as we had initially hoped it would be.

In fact, even at 180 MHz FSB's we could barely beat out older KT266A based boards at 166 MHz. We noted these results in the KT333CE VS KT266A article. We were able to get the Epox 8K3A+ up to a 180 MHz FSB however as you'll see the performance is honestly not as impressive as it should be with the KT333 chipset.

pcstats test system specs:

computer hardware:

processor: athlonxp 2100+
clock speed:

13x133 mhz = 1.73 ghz
9.5x180 mhz = 1.71 ghz

motherboards: epox 8k3a+
chipset: via kt333ce

msi geforce 4 ti4600


256mb kingmax ddr333

hard drive: 40 gb maxtor d740x
cdrom: panasonic 48x cd-rom cr-594-b

panasonic 1.44mb floppy drive

heatsink: thermalright sk-6 w/36 cfm delta
powersupply: antec 400w psu
software setup windowsxp build 2600
via 4in1 4.38v
detonatorxp 28.90

sysmark 2001
sysmark 2002
business winstone 2001
content creation 2001
winbench 99
sisoft sandra 2002 pro

quake iii arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications. Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. 8K3A+ 133/333 MHz 204
2 8K3A+ 180/360 MHz 210

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 8K3A+ 133/333 MHz 173
2. 8K3A+ 180/360 MHz 187

The 8K3A+ performs very well in SysMark2001 and overclocking boosts performance by a bit.

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. 8K3A+ 133/333 MHz 230
2. 8K3A+ 180/360 MHz 239

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1 8K3A+ 133/333 MHz 180
2. 8K3A+ 180/360 MHz 191

SysMark2002 confirms what SysMark2001 says, the Epox 8K3A+ with an AthlonXP 2100+ is simply a monster.

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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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