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EPoX's Socket AM2 MF570 SLI Motherboard Reviewed - Final Thoughts

It's been a long time since we reviewed anything from EPoX but today we look at their nForce 570 SLI Socket AM2 board.

| Socket AM2/AM2+ in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 5, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.0%      Manufacturer: EPoX

Final Thoughts

 

While EPoX has been out of our labs for a bit, its clear that they haven't moved much beyond the boards they have been producing in the past. While good, they aren't what we would call super enthusiast.

 

First off the layout was not what we hoped for with cable connectors being placed in ridiculous places on the board, requiring extensive routing of bulky cables past heat critical components like the CPU. The use of the older SATA data ports also put a sour taste in our mouth. While they work, they do cause more problems than the latest version ports.

 

That said the performance was good, in fact it managed to just keep ahead of the MSI board when running stock speeds using our Radeon X1950 Pro, however, looking at some of the retail prices of the board, its more expensive than the MSI board and doesn't come with the Firewire features that the MSI board comes with.

 

Overall this board would be good if the price was cheaper than the MSI, since it comes in almost $20 higher, its hard to go past the MSI K9N SLI Platinum over this board. The EPoX MF570 SLI is not so much a bad product but it misses the mark in a few areas.

 

- Pros

 

Fast stock speeds

 

Supports SLI

 

Temperature monitoring

 

Extra cooling features

 

- Cons

 

Use of old Gen 1 SATA data ports

 

Placement of FDD and power connectors

 

Higher price tag then the MSI K9N SLI

 

- Latest Pricing

 

EPoX EP-MF570 SLI Motherboard

 

Rating - 7 out of 10

 

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