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 has once again offered AMD supporters a stable, high-performance motherboard based a now mature chipset. Epox seems to have learned that the best way to offer a product is let others release it first to find the problems, then fix them and send out a better product to the consumers. This cycle seems repeated here on the 8K7A, much as it did on the Epox 8KTA3+ motherboard a few months back.
The performance of the latest revision and bios on the 8K7A beats our fastest previous motherboard in all but a few of the tests thrown at it. While many of the tests are very close, and a new bios revision from either company could swing the batter in the other direction, the Epox is the current top contender for speed in almost all the cases shown here. Users who need and craze speed and power will want to look towards the Epox 8K7A.
Overclockers will also like the features that Epox has included on the 8K7A. Full potential of your processor can be reached by the modification of the multiplier, front-side bus and voltage. This is also the first time I have seen the voltage modification allow for above 1.85v settings, but also limits the amount of accuracy you can get with your voltage settings. This is a give-and-take feature that you will have to gauge for yourself.
So, depending on price and availability, either the Epox 8K7A or the Gigabyte 7DXR is good choice for a DDR motherboard. However, I can’t look past the many speed improvements that Epox included in their latest Bios and motherboard revision: the one that is shipping and has shipped to retail customers. Because of this, I am granting the Epox 8K7A the Editor’s Choice award!
There has been a good amount of discussion on this motherboard in the Epox forum, so go take a look.