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    Epox 8RGA+ nForce2 (IGP) Motherboard

Product :

EP-8RGA+

Manufacturer :

Epox

Reviewed by :

Wayne Brooker

Price :

£104.99 + VAT

Date :

April 17th, 2003.

 

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Introduction

There are plenty of quality motherboard manufacturers to choose from these days and unlike the situation five or six years ago the span between the best and worst is nowhere near as great, so what is it that had made Epox one of a small group of vendors to have amassed an almost cult following among their legions of loyal fans? Well it's certainly not looks! Epox have never really gone out of their way to offer coloured PCBs or psychedelic component colours. Nor is it the bundles, in general an Epox motherboard box contains little more than the absolute essentials. No, the truth is that Epox boards are respected for their overclocking, their fully features BIOS options and a pinch of that magic ingredient that can't be made and can't be bought.........expectation!

Based on NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset featuring their IGP with integrated MX class integrated graphics and MCP-T Media and Communications Processor, the 8RGA+ is the video-integral version of Epox's well received 8RDA+. We're used to seeing pared back performance features on IGP motherboards simply because they tend to have a very different target market but not so with the 8RGA+. Epox listened to what people had to say about the 8RDA+ and built the 8RGA+ to address that feedback. Best of both worlds? Let's find out:

Specifications

EP-8RGA+
Socket A motherboard

AMD Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron
333MHz Max FSB
nforce2 Platform Processor Chipset
DDR SDRAM PC3200

Specifications
Processor AMD Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron
Core Logic nforce2 Platform Processor Chipset
BIOS Award/Phoenix BIOS v6.0
Max. FSB 333MHz
Memory 3 x DDR SDRAM PC3200, 3GB max.
Form Factor ATX
 
Expansion Slots
AGP 1, 8x
PCI 6, 32-bit
 
Ports
PS/2 1 mouse, 1 keyboard.
Serial 2
Parallel 1
USB 4 onboard, 2 optional. USB 2.0
Network 1 x Realtek RTL8201 PHY
Floppy 2 drives max.
IDE 2 x E/IDE Ultra DMA/133, 4 drives max.
 
Controllers
Sound Realtek ALC650E 6-channel full-duplex integrated sound
Video GeForce4MX Graphics
Option IEEE1394 Firewire interface
   
Special Features
Hardware Monitoring Function provided by Winbond
Keyboard Power On (KBPO)
Suspend To RAM (STR)
CPU clock settings are adjustable by BIOS
CPU V-core settings are adjustable by BIOS
Memory voltage settings are adjustable by BIOS
AGP voltage settings are adjustable by BIOS
Wake On Lan (WOL)
P80P Diagnostic LED

 

 


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