Epox 4SDA5+ SiS648 Motherboard Review
I've been a big fan of Epox motherboards for a long time now, and when
I heard that they were producing a SiS 648 based motherboard, I was very interested
to see how it would really perform. The SiS 648 chipset is
generally know as a good performer in most situations, sometimes even rivalling Intel's DDR chipsets. Unfortunately,
most of the SiS boards we have tested have proven to be rather
If any manufacturer can make a good overclocking
SiS 648 based motherboard, it's Epox. Right?
Realistically speaking, Epox are not bewildered by the mention of "overclocking"
- the actual number of consumers who partake in this sport are small.
The real market motherboard makers need to supply are consumers like you and me -
people who just need a board with a good feature set, and reliable
performance. In this regard the 4SDA5+ should turn a few heads with
the sheer variety of on board features.
In addition to the old standard IDE RAID
we find 5.1 audio (software codec), 10/100 NIC, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, three
DIMM slots which support up to 3GB of PC1600/2100/2700/3200* (* - unofficial
PC3200 support), 8x AGP and six PCI slots!
Ships with the following:
- IDE ATA66/100 Cable
- FDD Cable
- Driver CD
- Users Manual
- RAID Guide
- Game Port Bracket
The layout of the 4SDA5+ is
pretty good. The IDE Connectors are in a very good location just to the right of
the DIMM slots where they won't be in the way.
While the ATX power connector and
the P4 connector are to the right of the CPU socket, it doesn't really bother me
because this gives the MOSFET's the most steady power and electricity. As you
probably noticed, Epox puts a passive heatsink on the SiS 963 heatsink. At first
I thought this was a cosmetic move, but during testing the heatsink did get
quite toasty! Either way it's great for piece of mind.