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EPoX 4PCA3+ Canterwood Motherboard Review

EPoX are a smaller Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer who have been known for years for their high performing, highly overclockable AMD based motherboards. Does this trend follow over to the Intel side with their newest motherboard, the 4PCA3+ which is based on Intel's high-end Canterwood chipset? Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson tells us all about EPoX's newest motherboard and how it stands up to its competition.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 4, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: EPoX

Introduction

 

Intel's release of the i875P chipset was to revolutionize the Intel Pentium 4 processors, both past and present. This it did, incorporating the first official DDR-400 Dual Channel Memory controller into the Intel Pentium 4 chipset, it gave a peak bandwidth of 6.4GB/s memory transfer. This allowed for a faster FSB of 800MHz and keeping the bandwidth between the CPU and memory running at identical speeds. Adding Serial ATA with RAID options to the Southbridge before VIA, SiS or nVidia had their designs on paper Intel took the Pentium 4 to the highest level, knocking down any chance the AMD Athlon XP 3200+ had of being a serious contender for over 3GHz operations.

 

While the i875P was revolutionary from Intel, it's also an expensive solution. Thus came the i865 series chipset, supporting 99% of the features of the i875P, it soon became apparent the i875P would never be as popular as the i865 chipset due to its identical performance and cheaper prices.

 

While most companies have moved away from Canterwood mass productions due to costs, EPoX has added another board to its Intel Pentium 4 portfolio. Today we take a look at their latest addition to the group, the i875P powered 4PCA3+.

 

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