EPoX launches high end Socket A motherboard: EP-8RDA6+ Pro

@ 2004/06/21
EPoX Computer Co. Ltd (EPoX), the well-renowned manufacturer of high-end nVidia-based motherboards, today released new offering, EP-8RDA6+ Pro. Featuring amazing Gigabit Ethernet performance, hardware-optimized firewall security, and advanced RAID function, EP-8RDA6+ Pro provides PC enthusiasts, gamers, technology aficionados a powerful, feature-rich, and cost-effective platform.

Utilizing NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb, EP-8RDA6+ Pro features the world first native Gigabit Ethernet networking, which provides over 200% more networking bandwidth compared to older PCI-based solution, while lowering overall CPU overhead. As security is a mainstream concern, EP-8RDA6+ Pro provides the only hardware-optimized Firewall solution, effectively protecting personal PC from network level hacking attacks and other common security risks without sacrificing a lot of networking performance.
At the storage front, EP-8RDA6+ Pro provides six high performance Serial ATA ports (with up to 150MBps bandwidth) with easy-to-use full RAID function support. Under a simple user interface, end-users can easily manage and activate RAID 0, 1, 0+1 functions. EP-8RDA6+ Pro also supports one of the most versatile RAID levels, RAID 5, which stripes both data and parity information across three or more drives.

For a long time, EPoX has been recognized as the leader in the nVidia platform market. Adding impressive new features, unparalleled performance and stability to this new offering, EPoX proofs the capabilities to capture the attention of enthusiasts and the mainstream.

Key Specifications
* nVidia nForce2 Ultra400+Gigabit MCP chipsets
* Support 462-pin socket A AMD Athlon XP processors 1500+ to 3400+
* 3 Dual Channel DDR-400 DIMMs
* 5 PCI slots; 1 AGP8X slot
* 8 USB2.0 ports; 2 1394a ports
* Gigabit Ethernet port with Firewall support
* 8CH Audio, support SPDIF Coaxial/Optical output
* 2 S-ATA ports with up to 150MBs bandwidth
* 4 S-ATA ports from Silicon Image Sil-3114 with up to 150MBs bandwidth with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 support
* EZ Boot, Magic Health, Power BIOS, Magic Flash, Magic Screen

Comment from Canadien @ 2004/07/04

RAID 0, 1, 10 (a.k.a. 0/1) is supported.

Raid 5 is not supported.

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EP-4PDA5+ (Intel 865PE) http://www.tweaknews.com/reviews/epox/

From: Franck Lalande [mailto:FranckLalande
Posted At: Friday, June 25, 2004 7:43 PM
Posted To: EPoX-Support
Conversation: EP-8RDA6+
Subject: EP-8RDA6+

Your web site says

Supports Raid 10

How about Raid 5 ????

Thank you…

Cause it makes a big difference.

Comment from Brian770 @ 2004/06/27
i am really tired of waiting for the new
Epox board. While searching for an alternative, I stumbled apon the Soyo KT880 Black Dragon 2. This is Via's answer to the Nvidia 400 chip set. With 8 channel audio and support for a ton of features. Most importantly, it's avalible NOW. I think I'm just going to buy it instead of waiting for Epox's Vaporware. Anybody else care to look at the Black Dragon 2 and post a comment? Thanks Brian770
Comment from Canadien @ 2004/06/26
THIS EP-8RDA6+ Motherboard looks good but doesn't do Raid 5 if you beleive what their web site says... Epox.

Either they did a mistake... or it only does Raid 10

And if it is only Raid 10 you can bet I'm not buying hard drives to mirror them... my information isn't that crucial

Comment from jmke @ 2004/06/23
hello welcome to the forums, the Epox is not available here in Belgium either, looks like a killer mobo !
Comment from Brian770 @ 2004/06/23
im new here and i think you guy and gals have a great sight!! i was trying to decide on my next system and couldnt, but i heard about the EP-8RDA6+ and i will be going that way. dose anyone know where and when i can get one??? newegg dosent have them (yet) or anybody else either?
Comment from FreeStyler @ 2004/06/22
Originally posted by Tarantula
what about onboard sound, still the same quality as epox8rda+ and abit nf7-s?
Nope the NF2 400GB chip doesn't support soundstorm audio.
But a SD audigy 2 is still better, just bought me one, and the difference is remarkable.
Comment from Magnum_ @ 2004/06/22
* 4 S-ATA ports from Silicon Image Sil-3114 with up to 150MBs bandwidth with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 support
I have the same controller on my IC7 MAX3. Maybe with biosupdate, it will be able to run a raid5 array too?
Comment from Tarantula @ 2004/06/22
what about onboard sound, still the same quality as epox8rda+ and abit nf7-s?
Comment from RichBa5tard @ 2004/06/21
Wow, raid 5 / 10. impressive! Imagine if it were reliable too!
Comment from DUR0N @ 2004/06/21
native gigabit and raid 5 :d

this board is going to shake the storage pc sector quite hard imo!
Comment from Da_BoKa @ 2004/06/21
yes i'm glad to see that they aren't socket a behind

there is some potential in that socket, and hopefully they will give uw 250 fsb out of the box
Comment from cR00zIFI&gt;&lt;3r @ 2004/06/21
I'm going to buy one for shure...

Socket A isn't dead yet!
Comment from FreeStyler @ 2004/06/21
too late, already bought me a P4 CSA setup.

Comment from jmke @ 2004/06/21
2-3 weeks I'm guessing/hoping
Comment from Da_BoKa @ 2004/06/21
when will it be fore sale here in Belgium??
Comment from StaRflaM @ 2004/06/21
looks like an gigabit northbridge cooler