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EPOX EP-MVP3C MOTHERBOARD REVIEW
Last updated: 3/6/2001

WINBOND W83781D hardware monitoring chip and temperature two sensors for both the CPU and the system.   You can see these temperatures changing in the CMOS setup.  You can see real-time RPM values for fans connected to the motherboard in the CMOS setup or the Epox USDM display.  The user can set  a temperature ceiling in CMOS which will cause an alarm.  If the CPU fan quits, you will hear a siren-like warning before your CPU is fried.

USER'S MANUAL is simple, short, well organized, and easy to read.  A very good diagram of the motherboard is immediately followed by two pages showing the jumper and switch settings in clear and understandable terms.  The next page shows all of the front panel connectors.   There is no hunting back and forth through the book between the motherboard diagram and the jumper settings.

INSTALLATION.   Installation was a snap.  When Installing Windows, I recommend that you omit/remove all expansion boards from the system except the monitor adapter, install Windows, install the Mini-port driver, and then install any additional boards one-at-time.   VIA's IRQ Routing Mini-port Driver is required to reliably run Win 98 on this motherboard.  The VIA USB Filter Driver should also be downloaded VIA and installed (the CD does not have this driver and it is essential if you are going to connect USB devices to your computer).   Versions of Windows older than 95 OSR2 will need Via's IDE BusMaster Driver.  You should down-load them from Via Technologies Web site and put them on a floppies before installing the motherboard.  New: Via also has a 4-in-1 driver which detects your version of Windows and install the appropriate drivers.  While at Via web site you may want to look-over their FAQs for additional info.  After installing and configuring the MODEM and Internet software, the Norton Anti-Virus database should be checked and updated from Norton's AntiVirus Research Center

BOTTOM LINE.  If you are looking for a replacement board to keep an office worker going for another couple of years or as a modest upgrade to an older home computer, and you will be using 168-pin memory, the EP-MVP3C is an excellent choice.  If you are thinking of building a new computer or you are shopping for a motherboard for a currently expensive K6-3, then I would advise buying an ATX form-factor board.  For more information see Advise on Buying a Motherboard and other motherboard reviews in the Digest.

Larry

Test Computer: AMD 400 Mhz K6-2 processor, EpoX EP-MVP3C motherboard (Rev 0.1), 1 MB cache', 64 MB, 8 ns PC100 memory, Western Digital AC36400, 6.4 GB, 9.5 ms, EIDE UDMA hard disk, Windows 98 OEM with FAT32 file system (defragged), A44T 44X CD-ROM, S3 GX Display Adapter with 4 MB.

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