The board is not top in the EPoX's line on the i845PE chipset and it looks
average in comparison with its competitors; it possesses just one distinguishing
component, which is a cooler shining with semitransparent plastic and blue LEDs.
We are testing a preproduction sample.
The layout has typical drawbacks: IDE RAID and FDD connectors are behind and audio-ins are in front of the PCI, the cables going to the power supply connector pass over the CPU cooler, and when a video card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules. It's not difficult to reach the only jumper when the board is already installed. Its functions are shown on the textolite.
The 4-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 8 capacitors of 3300 uF and 3 of 2200 uF.
The following controllers are integrated:
The POST procedure is monitored with two 7-segment LEDs.
Non-unsoldered connectors: FireWire controllers with connectors and an interface controller and connectors for SD and MS card readers.
The system monitoring is supported by the Winbond W83627HF-AW chip. What is controlled:
There are 3 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans (it's connected to a fan on the MCH's heatsink).
Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 5 PCI; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x245 mm.
can be carried out with:
We used the BIOS of 04.12.2002 as the latest available version.
The abundant features and some unique qualities together with a considerable overclocking potential and a low price will definitely attract many users; others can lay their eyes on one of other models of the wide EPOX line.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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