The Epox EP-8KHA+ is every AMD fan's best buddy.
Board revision: 2.0
BIOS version- 8KHI1B02
Retail packaging for the Epox board.
The Epox board is all the rage with particularly ambitious AMD users. The reason is simple - it's an ideal CPU for overclocking Athlon XP processors. And that's not all - you can also change the voltage settings for both your RAM and the CPU core. The only caveat is that the maximum core voltage is set to 1.85 volts at the factory, making it necessary to modify the board itself if you want to set the voltage any higher. If you credit the reports of some users, this board makes insane clock speeds beyond the 2000 MHz sound barrier possible. Unfortunately though, according to all the field tests we performed at our THG lab in Munich, these claims turned out to be a load of bunk. On the bright side, we were able to hit a clock speed of 1666 MHz using the Epox and an unlocked AMD Athlon XP 1900+ (equivalent to the "2000+" rating). We found it very useful that the Epox has an integrated Port 80 card that gives error messages as early as during booting by using two 7-segment displays. The six PCI slots and the clip for the AGP slot were real plusses. The board is the leader of the pack in performance, and takes the gold in several benchmarks.
Integrated port-80 card on the Epox.
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- VIA Changes Their Naming Convention
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- Azza 366A-AV - Plain Jane
- Chaintech CT-7VJDA- Ideal For Overclocking
- DFI AD70-SR - Inexpensive Alternative
- Epox EP-8KHA+ - Overclocking On Shaky Ground
- Gigabyte GA-7VTXH - Problems With Dual-BIOS
- MSI K7T266 Pro2 (MS-6380) - Only Skin-Deep
- QDI KD7-A (KuDoz 7) - Standard OEM Board
- Soltek SL-75DRV2 - The Overclocking King
- Soyo SY-K7V (Dragon Plus!): Well-Deserved Winner
- Shuttle AK31 V3.1 - Lackluster
- 2 Boards With Nvidia nForce 420D - Disappointing
- MSI K7N420 Pro - Targeting The End Consumer
- Test Setup: Comparing 14 Motherboards
- OpenGL Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- Direct3D Performance: Unreal Tournament
- MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
- Office Performance: Sysmark 2000
- 3D Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf
- Up Close & Personal: Features For All Boards Tested
- Up Close & Personal: Features For All Boards Tested, Continued
- Conclusion: KT266A Trounces nForce 420D - Soltek Is Front-runner