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EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard Review
EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Having heard many great things about the EPoX 8KHA+ I was very excited to get my hands on one, and test it to the limits.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Nov 30 2001   C. Sun  
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Test system specs and Benchmarks

Test System Specs:
Computer: AthlonXP1800+ (1.53 GHz at 1.7)
256MB OCZ PC2400 DDR Ram
MSI StarForce822 (GeForce3 200/460)
Promise Ultra100 IDE Controller
ATi TV Wonder
10/100 Realtek NIC
AOpen 56k Modem
SB Live! Platinum 5.1
30GB IBM DeskStar 75 GXP
2x 30GB Seagate Barracuda III
20GB Quantum Fireball AS
12x Toshiba DVD-Rom
16x10x40 Yamaha CD-RW
Plus seven (7) case fans...
Enermax 430W PSU
Software: Windows 98SE
Via 4in1 4.35V
DetonatorXP 22.80
All the rest of the devices had their respectable latest drivers

SiSoft Sandra 001
Content Creation
Winbench 99
3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
Vulpine's GLMark
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Hey, I know what you're thinking, how come so many devices/fans? Remember, I said this board was going to replace my Iwill KK266-R so might as well use everything! Oh, by the way all those fans combined are not as loud as (1) 60mm Delta fan by itself!

Sisoft Sandra: CPU Benchmark
Motherboard: Setting: ALU: FPU:
Epox 8KHA+ 12.5x133
4604 MIPS
Epox 8KHA+ 10x170
4711 MIPS

Sisoft Sandra: Multimedia Benchmark
Motherboard: Setting: Integer: Floating point:
Epox 8KHA+ 12.5x133
9163 it/s
10627 it/s
Epox 8KHA+ 10x170
9375 it/s
10873 it/s

Sisoft Sandra: Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
Motherboard: Setting: Int ALU: Float FPU:
Epox 8KHA+ 12.5x133
ALU 2041 MB/s
FPU 1909 MB/s
Epox 8KHA+ 10x170
ALU 2608 MB/s
FPU 2405 MB/s

Sandra is a good tester of pure power. As we can see, they all perform within a few hundred points of each other. The Sandra memory benchmark used to be one of my favorites, however now it's become quite ridiculous. It's common knowledge that the i850/RDRam combo has the most memory bandwidth. There's no way a DDR system can match it! I liked the older memory tester in 2001 TE, as it measured more realistic bandwidth.

Content Creation Winstone 2001
Setting: Content Creation Winstone
66.7 Winstone Units
70.2 Winstone Units

There isn't much of a noticeable difference between the two systems according to Content Creation. More of a CPU test and since the speeds are so close together, it's no surprise the performance is very similar.

ZDNet's Winbench99

WinMark 99
Setting: Business Disk High-end Disk: Business Graphics: High-end Graphics:



The little difference in the CPU speed makes up the difference in this benchmark. It's not something a person could really notice though. Let's take a look at some 3D benchmarks now!

MadOnion 3DMark 2000 Ver 1.1
Setting: 3D Marks
12.5x133 10982
10x170 11493

3DMark2000 notices a minor difference between the two systems. A difference of 500 points really isn't much anymore all things considered.


MadOnion 3DMark 2001
Setting: 3D Marks
12.5x133 7659
10x170 8177

3DMark2001 is well known for loving high bus speeds, this time, it clearly favors the system with a 170 MHz FSB! 3DMark2001 is a pretty good DirectX8 benchmark.

Vulpine's GLMark
Setting: Score
12.5x133 77.3


Hmm... it looks like GLMark is more of a video card benchmark as it can barely differentiate between the two systems. Okay, I'm pretty tired of the synthetics right now. Let's take a look at some real world game engines :-)

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Contents of Article: Epox 8KHA+
 Pg 1.  EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Debug Card and OC - Tips
 Pg 3.  BIOS Features for the Tweaker
 Pg 4.  — Test system specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  More benchmarks, QIII, RTCW
 Pg 6.  Conclusions on the 8KHA+

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