Impressions & Conclusions
The EPoX EP-5NVA+ SLI is a nicely featured Intel nForce 4 package with great overclocking capabilities. The little finishes and touches to design really gives you an impression of a quality product.
Connectivity is very good that includes Firewire, and a SATA-PATA adapter for a 5th SATA channel which are features not found on most motherboards. The design of the board is thoughtful with built-on power and reset switches, a temperature probe, and a debug LED. You can also control your CPU fan and monitor your system health using the BIOS and the ThunderProbe software.
Rounded cables, the SATA-PATA adapter, temperature probe, and MOSFET heatsinks are nice extras, though may not be useful to all of you.
Overclocking is the big attraction of the EP-5NVA+ SLI. It hit 1000MHz + overclocks easily with 4x LDT which should excite many of you. The BIOS options have all the adjustments you will need to overclock successfully.
Pricing and Availability
There is an MSRP of $190 USD, but the actual retail price is likely to be lower. The reason why I can’t say for certain how much you can expect to pay is that the availability of the EP-5NVA+ SLI is spotty and there aren’t any retailers on PriceGrabber selling this motherboard. To me this is the biggest problem with the EP-5NVA+ SLI at the moment.
However, EPoX has assured me that mass quantities of the EP-5NVA+ SLI will be available at popular e-tailers very soon like NewEgg, TigerDirect, and ZipZoomFly. Until then, hold onto your horses!
As far as Intel SLI motherboards go, EPoX has a well tuned product here. It overclocks very well and has all the little features to keep picky users happy. I just wish availability were better so that you can get your hands on it.
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