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Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review
Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Aug 25 2005   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 125.7
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 110.4
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 124.7
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 126.9
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 127.5
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX) 124.3
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 122.2

In the final benchmark the Epox 9NPA+ SLI performs very well. Users would definitely be happy with the performance here. This is a good solid SLI platform.

Nice to see Epox back in the game

The Epox 9NPA+ SLI motherboard is a prime example of excellent engineering. It sports the tools necessary to get the best use from an socket 939 AMD Athlon64 - the nForce4 SLI chipset. The physical layout is clean and easy to work with, and the inclusion of a Port 80 diagnostics card is entirely appreciated by this overclocker.

Accessories included with the board like the rounded cables are of surprisingly good quality - it even comes with a handy screwdriver! The software package that includes Norton Internet Security to assist in keeping new users safe from potential viruses and hackers.

In terms of performance the Epox 9NPA+ SLI was very good in most of the benchmarks. The tests illustrated that the 9NPA+SLI was able to keep up with the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR in pretty much every test. That is excellent considering the DFI motherboard is one of the quickest boards on the market. On the overclocking front, we were able to push the Epox 9NPA+SLI we tested to a very respectable 324 MHz. With a retail price of $163 CDN ($135 US), the Epox 9NPA+ SLI is a real steal and those of you looking to upgrade should definitely check out this motherboard!

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Contents of Article: Epox 9NPA+SLI
 Pg 1.  Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Memory LEDs and More Features
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the 9NPA+SLI Motherboard
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

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