Review of the EpoX 8KHA+ DDR Athlon
Last updated: 1/14/2002
EPOX'S WEB SITE. Specifics
on the web site on this motherboard are a bit vague for those of us who like
plenty of technical detail . In general, EpoX's U.S. web site is above
average when compared to that of some other motherboard manufacturers as
far as professional appearance, navigation, and content are concerned. However, it
is often slow (I use a cable MODEM from the East coast of the U.S.A. and
check it on most working days) and is not always kept up-to-date.
SHORTCOMINGS. Other than the shortcomings
already mentioned, this motherboard does not support USB 2.0, Firewire,
ATA/133, and DDR333 memory. The 8kHA+ does not have a RAID disk controller. I
do not consider that to be a shortcoming and do not recommend motherboards
with RAID controllers except for people who really need the feature as they
add complexity and cost to a motherboard.
BOTTOM LINE. This is a stable,
high-performance motherboard which is widely sold at a very competitive price. If
I were to upgrade my computer today, I would probably choose this motherboard. I
would also purchase a chipset cooler with a ball bearing fan to replace
the one that comes with the motherboard.
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