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EPoX 4PEA+ (i845PE) Motherboard Review (Page 9)

By: Cameron Johnson from Feb 2, 2003 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: EPoX

Conclusion

The EPoX 4PEA+ has lived up to the name and quality we have come to expect from EPoX. They have strived to try and place themselves at the top of the enthusiast motherboard list with ASUS and Abit. Thus far we have seen EPoX making a valiant effort.

Overclocking wise, well, the inclusion of VCore up to 1.85v, DRAM Voltage up to 2.9v (with latest BIOS update the board now goes to 3.2v), AGP voltage up to 1.9v and various tweaking options for the memory and dividers shows that this board can pull off a great level of interest in the overclockers department.

As for features, it's hard to fault this board. Firewire ports are provided. USB 2.0 is standard. Dual RAID system allows for both Parallel ATA and Serial ATA drives to be used, so future drives are supported. Hyper-Threading ready means you can plug in your HT enabled CPU and go for it without any worries.

Layout wise, we had only the one major gripe and that was with the placement of the ATX power connectors. This could have been well improved with some additional R&D.

In all, the unit is one that can pull off some good scores and match it with just about any i845PE board that is available on the market today.

- Pros

Fast

Great overclocking

Serial and Parallel ATA RAID on separate chips

Hardware networking

Firewire ports

- Cons

Some mysterious lags in some benchmarks

Bad ATX power connector placements

Rating - 7.5/10

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