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EPoX 8NPA SLI Motherboard - Boosting the forgotten Socket - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Sandra

What happens when you combine Socket 754 and SLI? Affordable gaming performance! Read on and see what EPoX has to offer.

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 6, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: EPoX

Test System Setup

 

Processor: AMD Sempron 64 3000+ (1.8GHz)

 

Memory: 2x 512MB Corsair DDR-533

 

Hard Disk: 2x Seagate 7200.9 RAID 0 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Graphics Card: 2x nVidia GeForce 6600GT in SLI

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: nVidia ForceWare 81.98 and DX9c

 

There is nothing to compare this motherboard to as it is a one of a kind setup. So for our testing in this review we are going to compare this system using a single GeForce 6600GT and two 6600GT in SLI.

 

The reason we choose this graphics card is that if you are going to buy an AMD Sempron processor, you aren't going to be able to really afford two 7800GTX cards.

 

We will attempt to update this review when we find out the SLI ability of the 7300 series cards, as these would be a great option in SLI for the budget gamer system.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2005 SR3

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

Buy It Here

 

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

Memory bandwidth is right on for a single channel DDR AMD K8 based board. In SLI mode there is no reduction in memory bandwidth, so there is no penalty on the CPU using SLI.

EPOX EP-8NPA SLI NVIDIA Socket 754 ATX Motherboard

 

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