Epox 8K5A2+

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The Epox 8K5A2+ motherboard is a new one to the Amdmb.com line up. Based strongly around the 8K3A+ motherboard, the latest from Epox adds to their already impressive line of AMD motherboards.
Below the socket, you can see the ATX power connector for the motherboard. Because the processor socket is turned in the fashion that is on the PCB, the power connector was forced to move down below the processors. Unfortunately, this is not the best spot for it in my opinion. Here it can cause the ATX power cable to interfere with the fan on the processor, which is definitely not something you want to happen.

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To the right there are three DIMM slots for your PC2700/PC2100 memory. The main feature of the KT333 chipset is the fact that is officially supports DDR333 memory, which is equivalent to PC2700, by using an asynchronous memory bus. Also, the new chipset supports 3 GB of memory – if you will ever need that much!

The KT333 North Bridge is covered by a custom Epox heatsink – not a heatsink and fan combination that we have seen on many other motherboards. I did not notice any kind of detriment in overclocking power though, as we used the previous board in our PC3000 memory article, reaching FSB speeds of up to 200 MHz with an unlocked processor. This was definitely one of the best boards we have had for overclocking.

The on-board audio of the motherboard has been upgraded from VIA 6-channel audio to a Realtek 6-channel audio system that offers full-duplex integrated sound.

The slot configuration of the 8K5A2+ motherboard is very nice, with six PCI slots and an AGP slot with retention clip. There are no CNR or other proprietary slots on this board and neither are there any legacy ISA slots. Having six PCI slots enables the user to have the most opportunities for expansion. And, even if you don’t plan on using all six PCI slots, having the extra room will allow you to have extras like video card cooling, etc.

Finally, the IDE ports have been moved off of the side of the motherboard to below the AGP slot making it a much more well-rounded layout.

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