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EPoX 8RDA+ (NVIDIA nForce2) Mainboard

EPoX remains true to itself bringing out an inexpensive board even on the most up-to-date and dear chipset in its class. But such a solution has a negative side: its functionality and accessory pack are not impressive compared to the competitors. 


  • Package of a new, catchy design; 
  • Documentation: user manual, installation manual for the Magic Flash and USDM utilities -  in English; 
  • Cables: 1 ATA66/100 and FDD; 
  • Bracket with a Game port; 
  • Bracket with 2 USB ports; 
  • Bracket with 2 IEEE 1394 ports; 
  • Bracket for the rear computer panel; 
  • CD containing: 
    • drivers; 
    • DirectX 7.0a; 
    • several system monitoring utilities; 
    • Boostek; 
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader; 
    • Norton Ghost 7.0; 
    • PC-Cillin 2002. 

The layout has drawbacks typical of all modern highly integrated boards: The IDE connectors are behind the PCI slots, while the audio-ins are in front of them, the cables connected to the FDD and to some other connectors on the left edge will complicate ventilation, and the cables stretching toward the power supply connector will hang right above the CPU's cooler. When a video card is installed it's difficult to handle the memory modules in the DIMM slots. It's not difficult to reach the only jumper when the board is already installed. Its functions are shown on the textolite.  

The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 6 capacitors of 3300 uF and 4 of 2200 uF. 

The following controllers are integrated: 

  • audio controller based on the chipset's capabilities and Avance Logic ALC650 AC'97 codec supporting 5.1 audio systems and having connectors for front audio inputs/outputs and for SPDIF; 
  • network controller based on the chipset's capabilities and supporting 10BaseT/100BaseTX; 
  • IEEE 1394 bus controller based on the chipset's capabilities. 

The POST procedure is monitored with two 7-segment LEDs. 

Non-unsoldered connectors: none.

The system monitoring is supported by the Winbond W83627HF-AW chip. What is controlled: 

  • processor voltage, memory, AGP bus, +-5 and +-12 V, VBAT and +5 V Standby;
  • speed of 3 fans; 
  • temperatures of the processor (a built-in sensor) and the board (a built-in sensor). 

There are 3 connectors for adjustable connection of fans. 

Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 3 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0 / 2 IEEE1394 (the controller supports up to 3 ports); dimensions - 305x245 mm. 

Adjustment can be carried out with: 

jumpers and switchesJumper to clear up the CMOS 
BIOS based on the AwardBIOS 6.00PG of PhoenixSetup of memory timings+CAS Latency, T (RAS), T (RCD), T (RP)
Setup of memory frequency+By SPD, Sync, 50%, 60%, 66%, 75%, 80%, 83%, 120%, 125%, 133%, 150%, 166% and 200% of FSB
Setup of AGP bus- 
Setup of PCI bus- 
Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses+AGP (PCIx2) = Auto, 50, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 90, 93, 95, 97 and 100 MHz
Manual assignment of interrupts- 
Changeable FSB frequency+100-200 MHz in 1, 2, 3 and 5 MHz steps
Changeable CPU multiplier+x1-x24
Changeable core voltage+1.4-2.2 V in 0.025V steps
Changeable memory voltage+2.5, 2.63, 2.77, 2.9 V
Changeable chipset voltage- 
Changeable AGP bus voltage+1.5-1.8 V in 0.1V steps

We used the latest available version of the BIOS of 28.10.2002. 

The board misses a Serial ATA controller which is so fashionable today, as well as some other accessories, but still, its functionality is acceptable; there are traditional multiple adjustable settings and overclocking parameters, and the price is promised to be a match. 

Test results: 


Dmitry Mayorov (destrax@ixbt.com

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