Epox 8KDA3+ NF3-250 GB Announced@ 2004/04/15
Using the NF3 250Gb multimedia chipset, the EP-8KDA3+ offers not only the usual features offered by most mainboard chipsets but also many others that are a fundamental milestone in mainboard integration and evolution. Encompassing the following features, the EP-8KDA3+ is allied to the needs of enthusiasts and power business users alike :-
• Direct to Hypertransport Gigabit Ethernet Solution with Streamthru™ technology
• NVidia Personal Firewall for system / network security
• 8 channel audio with NVidia system mixer functionality
• 6 channels of SATA support with RAID functionality of RAID 0,1,5 & 10
• PCI & AGP bus lock for overclocking like Intel or NForce 2 chipset
• Chipset voltage adjustment (VDD) to enable high bus speed overclocking (like our NF-2 products)
Harnessing all of this functionality along with the unprecedented power of the Athlon 64 processor, the NForce 3 250Gb single chip architecture solution and the EP-8KDA3+ in particular are set to be yet another example of EPoX’s high stability, high performance, very high overclocking products.
With the addition of Network Access Manager and a direct cpu to network device interface through NVidia’s trademark Streamthru™ technology, network performance is un-paralleled by any PCI devices. Unlike PCI based solutions, the NV-Mac within NF3-250GB does not saturate the small amount of dedicated bandwidth available within the PCI bus; instead the technology is able to use hypertransport to directly communicate with the CPU and hosted physical layer directly.
An eight channel audio codec with support from NVidia’s system mixer utility and full SPDIF output by coaxial and optical output ensures the user will have a most immersive audio experience with possibilities to directly attach to digital receivers or speakers without the need for any other hardware. Truly amazing digital audio now negates the need for third party sound cards – reducing driver installation / update problems and sound card compatibility problems that have previously plagued system builders.
nvRAID, a driver based soft-raid solution for SATA & PATA RAID device control enables users to control IDE RAID functionality. As part of NVidia’s complete unified and natively chipset hosted software solution, the whole system has a central control element feeling rather than being an amalgam of other various device drivers pertaining to the devices of many various vendors for many various applications.