Although not strictly necessary, we like to stick to 2 modules from the same manufacturer. That’s why it’s not so pleasing to see the inclusion of this active version. C position, to the right of the excellent debug display, would be where one would expect to see a Highpoint controller of some description. In the last year I’ve probably purchased at least seven Epox AMD motherboards for various machines, for both friends and family, and not one has ever let me down yet. Too many boards now report different temperatures for CPUs outputting similar wattage, even if the cooling is kept consistent.
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Up to 2v Vdd is sure to heat it up more than a little, and we’d recommend no more than 1.
An 8X Nforec2 slot is also available for full-fledged videocars. EPoX gives the novice a helping hand by colouring two slots, presumably to highlight dual-channel running.
Just ask Agent Smith that.
This orientation is supposed to help provide the motherboard with cleaner power signals and reduce other interferences. I sometimes wonder if Epox are trying for the “retro look” with their motherboards. Read on and we shall see Ships with the following: If you think you’re have a hardware problem, just look at the Port80 card and it’ll tell you whether something is broken with a quick reference to the manual. Heck, a bland looking board that’s fast is far better than a slow pretty one right?
EPoX EP-8RDA6+ Pro – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 Ultra 400
EPoX EP-8RDA3I Pro – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – nForce2 Ultra 400R
Is it chocked full of USB and firewire ports, or is it just a plain and simple mainboard solution? If you can’t fit everything you want into this motherboard, you won’t be able to with any other board on the market. Although not strictly necessary, we like to stick to 2 modules from the same manufacturer. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Click to find out more. Yet another wicked board! Right next to the mounting holes are two fan headers.
Another Awesome Board from Epox! It’s quite tricky to remove and insert the jumper once the motherboard is in a case. Ships with the following: Beginners Guides Cases and Access.
While the nForce2 chip is cooled with a rather large passive heatsink, it would have been more useful if thermal paste had been used instead of the rather thick pink thermal pad. Since serial ports are not used as frequently with brandname consumer gear which has long since adopted USB, the serial ports have been relegated to headers along the bottom edge by the last PCI slot. We’ll have to investigate if this helps push the board even further than previous model’s performance.
So far, this is the only nForce2 mainboard we have tested to feature twin VGA connectors where you’d typically find the serial ports. C position, to the right of the excellent debug display, would be where one would expect to see a Highpoint nforcee2 of some description.
Review: EPoX 8RDA+ nForce2 – Mainboard –
Epox haven’t adopted any flashy colours for their PCB, preferring to keep it simple and stick with green. The same can be said for the 12v wire. EPoX, thankfully, keeps the four mounting holes around the socket.