EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Review

Source: PC Perspective EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Review
Our own Jonathan Hung has put together a review of the EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Motherboard If you are planning to build a new SLI system you will want to look this one over.
The EPoX EP-9NPA+SLI is a very strong contender in the increasingly crowded SLI market. What sets this board apart from the rest is the great feature set and the cheaper price. Currently, the EP-9NPA+SLI is found on PriceGrabber at $150 which is $25 cheaper than the Asus A8N-SLI, DFI Lanparty NF4 SLI, and the ABIT Fatal1ty AN8. Also the EPoX features are useful without being bloated or superfluous. I think in the regard of price, performance, and features EPoX is superior to all the other “premium” boards.

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EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Review

Manufacturer: Epox EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Review

Introduction & Specs

EPoX hits the market with a well-packaged nForce 4 SLI for AMD Socket 939. It’s cheaper than other SLI boards and has many great features. So does EPoX have a contender on their hands? We also have 6600GT SLI performance numbers too!

Ever since Ryan reviewed the nForce 4 SLI back in October 2004, I’ve been eager to get my hands on one for a review. Of course since then Ryan has reviewed SLI boards from Asus, Gigabyte and DFI and we’ve seen that all these boards perform roughly the same. So what differentiates one offering from another is their price, features, and service/warranty. It is for this reason I’m looking forward to reviewing the EPoX EP-9NPA+SLI. The EP-9NPA+SLI is priced cheaper than many higher end boards, and knowing EPoX’s reputation you can expect a lot of overclocking features too. So let’s see if EPoX has a winner on their hands with their top AMD board.

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Specifications

The following are just the basic tehcnical specs, which does not include any of EPoX’s extra stuff and special features. If I listed those here, it’d spoil the surprise, right?

EPoX EP-9NPA+SLI Specs

Chipset

NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI

Bus Frequency

2x-5x 200MHz HT (400MHz – 1000MHz)

Memory

DDR 400MHz

Memory Slots

4 slots

Memory Capacity

4GB

Drive Connectivity

4x ATA100 IDE
6x SATA II (RAID 0, 1)

Audio

Realtek ALC850 (AC’97 v2.3 Codec)

Analog Audio Connectivity

Front, Surround, Rear, Center / Subwoofer, Line-in, Microphone

Digital Audio Connectivity

SPDIF Optical & Coax Output

Network

1 x Vitesse VSC8201 Gigabit LAN controller

USB 2.0

10x connections (4x rear panel, 2x on bracket, 4x spare)

Firewire IEEE1394

2x IEEE1394a connections via bundled bracket

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