Biostar, DFI, Epox Try to Big Up Socket 775 Mobos with Added Features

Epox EP-5EGA+

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Epox has adopted the user-friendly approach of fitting the 5EGA+ with slots for DDR1 memory only. We therefore only used DDR400 modules in our tests, which, as you can see from the benchmark results, did not detract from its performance. The board uses the Intel 915G chipset with the latest integrated graphics component. Thus, those who buy this board can use the built-in graphics option until fast PCI Express cards become available at an acceptable price.

The release lever for the graphics card is difficult to reach, as access is impeded by the Northbridge cooler and two coils. Removing the graphics card is awkward without some form of pointed tool (we used a ballpoint pen) - particularly if the board has been installed in a compact case.

Epox also takes users with older power supplies into account. The locating lug is wide enough to retain plugs of older specifications.

Epox has focused closely on the needs of upgraders both in its choice of the 915G and DDR1 memory and in its choice of the IDE RAID controller from ITE. The chipset itself only provides for a single ATA/100 channel with a maximum of two drives, but this additional component allows you to connect four more. Further, there are four PCI slots, which is more than the other boards in this test.

The Port 80 diagnostic module is a handy tool, which displays information about the condition of the system at boot-up using numbered codes. This generally makes it quick and easy to locate a defective component.