Epox had quite a success in the AMD K7 (S462) period with their 8RDA+ board which offered excellent overclocking potential and held its own well next to Abit’s NF7-S Board here
While the K8 enthusiasts motherboards were mainly dominated by DFI and Asus, with AMD’s new AM2 platform Epox is again aiming at taking the overclocking crown; We take a sneak peak at their upcoming SLI motherboard which features some excellent out of the box overclocking options.Chipset: MCP55P SLI
CPU: AMD Socket AM2
Memory: 4 DDR slots supports up to 4Gb in Dual Channel mode. DDR2 533/667/800Mhz.
1x PCIe 16x / 1x PCIe 8x / 2x PCI 1x / 3x PCI
8x SATA II connectors / 2x PATA connectors – support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5
10x USB 2.0 Ports
Two Gigabit Network Interfaces (Marvell 88E1116 chip)
Realtek ALC883 8-Channel onboard Audio
The board has its two full sizes PCIe slots widely spaced out, this does leave little room for the 3 PCI slots near the bottom.
Epox has added a power and reset button right on the mainboard, excellent for those enthusiasts who don’t bother installing their system inside a case. They’ve also added an addition JMB363 chip which handles the storage devices on the board, allowing for two IDE connectors and 8 SATA connectors.
One of the few shortcomings on the MF570 SLI is the spacing around the CPU socket, the memory slots are awfully close.
The power modulation uses Japanese aluminum shells which provides the CPU and other components on the board with rock stable power.
No more serial or parallel ports, if you still have an older printer, or have a device which requires a COM port, you are out of luck.
First boot on the new AM2 Platform with:
CPU:AMD AM2 Althon64 X2 4800+
DRAM: 2*風系列 DDRII 667 512MB
HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
POWER: AcBel 550W
After power up we’re greeted by a flashy boot screen:
Let’s take a closer look at the BIOS options ->