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.
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:
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:
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.
can be carried out with:
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.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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