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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




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




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




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




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




1Gb Ethernet from onboard Cicada CIS8201 Gigabit Ethernet PHY




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




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




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




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




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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