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EPoX 9NDA3+ Socket 939 (nForce3 Ultra) Motherboard Review

By: Mike Wright | NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 3, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: EPoX

Spec Sheet

 

Yeah, yeah, I know... this is the dry part but we simply have to have an overall spec sheet to show what the feature set of this particular motherboard looks like. It doesn't do us a bit of good to talk about a mainboard without knowing up front what it is supposed to be capable of. So sit back just a moment and I'll make this as painless as possible.

 

For those with a keen eye, you'll notice that this is nothing more than a copy/paste from the EPoX website. This is just a features list so I'll let their PR guys take the credit for this.

 

CPU Socket:

 

Support Socket-939 based AMD Athlon-64/ Athlon-64 FX up to 3600+ with 2.0GTs Hyper Transport

 

System Memory:

 

Four 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets

 

Support single-sided or double-sided 2.5v DDR-333/400 DIMMs with dual channel architecture in 128/256/512Mb technologies

 

Support Asynchronous clocking mode between FSB and DIMM

 

Support up to 4GB system memory

 

Chipset:

 

nVidia nForce3 Ultra AGPset

 

Expansion Slots:

 

Five PCI connectors compliant with PCI v2.2

 

One 1.5v AGP- 8X/4X connector compliant with AGP v3.0

 

USB:

 

Eight USB connectors compliant with USB2.0 from embedded USB controller (4 connectors at rear panel)

 

PATA IDE:

 

Two IDE ports (up to 4 IDE devices) with UDMA-33, ATA-66/100/133 support from embedded IDE controller

 

SATA RAID:

 

Two SATA ports from nForce3 Ultra with up to 150MBps bandwidth

 

Two SATA ports from Marvell 88SR3020 SATA PHY

 

RAID 0,1,0+1,JBOD support

 

LAN:

 

1Gb Ethernet from onboard Cicada CIS8201 Gigabit Ethernet PHY

 

1394a:

 

Two 1394 ports with up to 400Mbps bandwidth from onboard VIA VT6307 1394 controller

 

Audio:

 

Selectable 2, 6 or 8-CH audio from onboard Realtek ALC85x AC'97 v2.3 compliant CODEC

 

Support Aux-In, CD-In, S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out

 

Rear panel audio jacks configuration;

 

For 2-channel mode; stereo Line-out (green), stereo Line-In (blue) and Mic-In (pink)

 

For 6-channel mode; Front stereo-out(green), Rear stereo-out (blue), Center and Sub-woofer (pink)

 

For 8-channel mode; stereo Line-In (blue), Mic-In (pink), Front stereo-out(green), Rear stereo-out (black), Center and Sub-woofer (Orange) and Side stereo-out(gray)

 

Support Front panel audio for Mic-In and stereo Line-out only. (Front panel Line-out electrically shared with rear panel Line-out)

 

Support Auto Jack Sensing for fool-proof audio device installation

 

Support SPDIF Coaxial output

 

Support SPDIF Optical output

 

I/O:

 

Onboard Winbond W83627THF LPC I/O controller

 

Legacy peripheral interface for PS/2 keyboard & mouse, FDD, Parallel, Two Serial, Game and IrDA (v1.0 compliant)

 

Support Hardware Monitoring function such as fan speed monitoring and CPU temperature sensing

 

Support Smart FAN Control and Intelligent Fan speed control for chassis Fan

 

BIOS:

 

4Mb Flash EEPROM with Award Plug & Play BIOS

 

Support ACPI S3 (Suspend To RAM) mode in ACPI compliant O/S

 

Support EZ Boot for fast bootable device selection

 

Support Magic Health for system hardware status report during system boot-up

 

Support Cool 'N Quiet

 

Special Features:

 

Support KBPO (Keyboard Power ON) function

 

Support Wake-On-LAN by PME

 

Support USB resume in S3

 

Onboard Post-Port LED display

 

Support AGP-Master for protection against improper AGP card insertion

 

PowerBIOS for excellent over clocking features:

 

Support Asynchronous FSB/DIMM timing mode and 1MHz fine tuning on AGP clock

 

Support BIOS adjustable CPU clock and voltage, AGP voltage, DIMM frequency and voltage settings

 

Powerful utilities for Windows:

 

USDM (Unified System Diagnostic Manager) for system hardware monitoring

 

Magic Flash for BIOS update without requiring DOS flash utility and bootable diskette

 

Magic Screen for personal bootup screen design

 

Useful software bundle:

 

Symantec Ghost, Norton Personal Firewall and Trend PC-Cillin for system backup and security

 

Form Factor:

 

305mm x 245mm x 40mm, ATX Size

 

Accessories:

 

User's manual, IO shield

 

CD for drivers, utilities and bundle software

 

Round IDE & FDD cables

 

SATA data and power cable

 

Game + COM Bracket cable

 

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