Digital-Daily have reviewed
their first nForce2 motherboard – the EPoX EP-8RDA+ (SPP/MCP-T)
Also has a handy ‘chipset specification table’ comparing nForce1, nForce2 SPP, nForce2 IGP, VIA KT333 and KT400 features.
Here’s a few lines from Starter‘s review:
“And now the most exciting feature – the problem of data loss on the hard disk due to increased PCI frequency is over like a nightmare dream. At any FSB speed, the PCI bus frequency remains at 33 MHz. In fact, this has nothing to do with the contribution of Epox engineers. This function is embedded in the chipset and, to all appearances, all nForce II-based motherboards will feature this functionality.
By the way, similar function was already there in the predecessor chipset, nVidia nForce.
And since nowadays it’s no longer a problem to buy an Athlon XP with the multiplier unlocked, this is quite promising for the overclockers.…With the 166 MHz bus, the Epox 8RDA+ board demonstrated so high results that I made it my base system and drove the VIA KT400-based motherboard away :))
Good expansivity options;
High stability and performance;
Good overclocking options (Vcore can be pushed up to 2.2V, adjustable Vmem, Vagp);
PCI and AGP buses are standalone;
Exceptionally wide memory tweaking options;
Support for Firewire and USB2.0;
Integrated 6.1 audio controller (nForce II APU) and LAN.
Incomplete support for Athlon XP thermal sensor;
No makes supporting RAID and Serial ATA;
BIOS flaws in the part of overclocking.“
Full review: Epox 8RDA+ (nVidia nForce2) Motherboard Review @ digital-daily.com
More details: epox.com.tw
source: nV News.net
Published in: Hardware on 2002-12-30