EPoX 8NPA+SLI Review
EPoX has been rather supportive of Nvidia’s SLI technology and here, we see their latest SLI Innovation – A SLI-enabled Socket 754 Nforce 4 SLI mainboard!
Epox has been pretty supportive of Nvidia’s SLi technology, always
being one of the first mainboard manufacturers to dish out SLI-enabled mainboards.
Today, we will be taking a look at the EpoX 8NPA+SLI, the only Socket 754 SLI
platform available in the market now. This board aims to provide a SLI or multiple
display solution for the budget enthusiast. Epox has claimed that socket 754
SLI’s performance does not differ much from socket 939′s performance, will the
8NPA+SLI perform well enough to substantiate their claims?
Before we procced on to look at the features available on this
board, let’s take a look at the basic specifications of the mainboard.
|CPU Support||Socket 754 Athlon64s/Sempron up to 3700+|
|Memory Support||2x DDR400 Slots, Single Channel|
|Chipset||NVIDIA NForce 4 SLI|
|Expansion Slots||2x PCI-E x16(x8), 2x PCI-E x1, 2x PCI|
|Audio||6 Channel Audio via Realtek ALC655|
|IDE||2x IDE with up to UDMA133 support|
|SATA||Four S-ATA II ports from nForce4 SLi|
|Networking||1Gb Ethernet from onboard VITESS VSC8201RX Gigabit Ethernet PHY.|
Support nV Firewall 2.0 , Active Armor
|RAID||RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 10 cross SATA+PATA via Nvidia Nforce|
|USB 2.0||Ten USB connectors compliant with USB2.0 from embedded USB controller|
(4 connectors at rear panel).
|Form Factor||305mm x 225mm x 40mm, ATX Size|
|Bios||4Mb Flash EEPROM with Award Plug & Play BIOS|
Support EZ Boot for fast bootable device selection
Support Magic Health for system hardware status report during system boot-up
The 8NPA+SLI doesn’t have all those mind blowing features that
SLI boards usually come with; it doesn’t even come with Firewire onboard.
Let’s proceed and take a look at the features onboard.