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 put an excellent motherboard out on the market for consumers to purchase. There is little doubt that the 8KHA, like the other recent Epox motherboards, are some of the best currently available for the Socket A platform.
The KT266 has a much better showing in the benchmarks than I originally expected. With most reviews showing the KT266 falling way behind the AMD 760 chipset, I was amazed to see the VIA DDR-based motherboard going toe-to-toe with 760 chipset in most tests. There were exceptions on both sides, but they seemed very close to equal in terms of performance and stability.
There are lots of rumors in the hardware business about VIA having a new chipset stepping almost ready for the KT266 platform. A few of the motherboard manufacturers I have spoken to seemed to confirm that suspicion. Has Epox gotten a hold of an updated stepping before the rest of the world? While I really don’t think so, it’s interesting to view what the KT266 chipset can do when the manufacturer and engineers spend the time to tweak it for performance and stability. If and when the new the KT266 stepping comes out, could it possible topple the AMD 760 chipset? We’ll have to wait and see.
Overall, the Epox 8KHA is a great addition to Epox’s growing line of quality motherboards. I have no problems recommending this motherboard to users wishing to enter into the DDR market. The 8KHA has great stability and performance, and offers even better overclocking options. I think its time to jump on the DDR wagon.