Epox 8K3A review

Motherboards/AMD S462 by Gamer @ 2002-04-26

Review of Epox latest motherboard, featuring the new VIA KT333 chipset. Is it an overclockers dream come true? find out in this review.

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This board just hit the stores, and we were already able to lay our hands on one, thanks to Debcom!
It's heart is the via KT333 chip, that supports pc2700 DDR ram, something that "should" give a giant boost.
Although the box looks beautiful, the inside is what we care about.
Everything is in there, a cd with the latest drivers when the board was shipped, an ATA133 cable and a floppy drive cable. So this board supports ATA133 hard disks.

The first thing that I noticed was the lack of a northbridge fan. Only a passive cooling is used, and that's something some overclockers will consider as a disadvantage, but more about this later.

MadShrimps (c)


Supports duron AMD to 1.2 ghz
Supports amd athlon 200 mhz fsb to 1.2 ghz
Supports amd athlon 266 mhz fsb to 1.4 ghz
Supports amd XP tot XP 2000+ (with biosupdate to xp 2100)

VIA KT333 Chipset
VIA KT333 Northbridge
VIA VT8233A Southbridge
V-Link @ 266MB/s Interconnect

100MHz/133MHz intern
200MHz/266MHz extern
supports DDR-200, DDR-266, DDR-333 memory
Alpha EV6 Communication Bus

1 AGP @ 2x, 4x

Realtek AL650 6ch AC'97 Software Audio Codec
Highpoint HPT372 RAID Controller (on the + version)

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