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Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review

Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The bevy of new Socket 754 motherboards being released will extend the investment you made in that processor all those months ago.
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External Mfg. Website: Epox Nov 09 2005   Colin Sun  
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Epox Overclocking Options

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

255 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Epox is one of the pioneers of extreme overclocking; introducing overclockers to higher voltage options. Speaking from past experiences, when it comes to overclocking Epox motherboards have typically been good to us.

Before the overclocking process began, the Athlon64 3200+ multiplier was first lowered to 4x, and memory frequency set to run in 133 MHz mode. This affects overall performance, but we're testing the limits of the motherboard.

Starting from 200 MHz, we began overclocking by increasing the motherboard clock speed in 10 MHz intervals. At 230 MHz the Epox 8NPA SLI motherboard failed to boot into WindowsXP... and to resolve this, an increase of chipset voltage from 1.5 to 1.7V was necessary.

Continuing upwards, the 8NPA SLI motherboard finally settled on and overclocked speed of 255 MHz. We tried a few higher speeds, but stability wasn't guaranteed and the system would not boot into Windows. Still, 255MHz Pretty good considering the market the Epox 8NPA SLI motherboard is targeting!

On a side note, how important are overclocking options to you when shopping for a motherboard? Let us know your thoughts on overclocking and computer hardware right here.

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Contents of Article: Epox 8NPA SLI
 Pg 1.  Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Epox Overclocking Options
 Pg 3.  Inside the Epox 8NPA SLI BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions

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