The First KX133
Epox EP-7KXA Motherboard Review
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Epox was the first major motherboard manufacturer to adopt and produce a board based on the second generation of Athlon chipsets, the VIA KX133. Being a long supporter of most of VIA chipsets, especially during the time of the now-dead socket 7 genre, Epox has a reputation for building high quality products that are readily available to the consumer market. This new board has been no exception.
Unlike Asus with their K7M motherboard, Epox has a less tight relationship with the mogul, Intel, so their promotion of the EP-7KXA is more public. There will be no whiteboxes sent out to consumers, and the Epox web site is currently actively showing the EP-7KXA on the front page.
Let’s start out the review by looking at the motherboard specifications.
VIA 371 North Bridge
VIA 686A South Bridge
|Bus Speed Options||83; 88; 90; 95; 100; 110; 115MHz|
|Voltages||1.50v – 1.80v; in 0.05v increments|
|Memory Slots||3 DIMMs (PC100, PC133, VC100, VC133 supported)|
|Expansion Slots||5/1/1/1 Configuration (PCI/ISA/AMR/AGP)|
|AGP Support||4x AGP Core|
|USB Support||4 USB Ports|
As always, for any Athlon system running at PC133 speed, Athlonmb.com recommends: