Epox MVP3G-M Super7 Motherboard
Last updated: 1/7/2000
CAPACITORS. I counted thirty
105°C electrolytic, three tear-drop tantalums, and one old-fashioned ceramic
capacitor on the board. There are many more bypass, etc. capacitors
all over the place. There is a good measure of them in the middle of the
previous Epox boards I have reviewed, the silk-screening on this board is
superb--excellent! Everything from the jumpers to
I/O connectors is clearly labeled. If you loose the motherboard
book you can still set-up the jumpers. All of the setting are printed
on the motherboard.
DOUGHNUTS. There are seven mounting
holes and oversized doughnuts surrounding each of them. One doesn't
have to worry about the head of the screw, used to fasten the motherboard
to the case, overlapping a trace on the motherboard and capacitively grounding
FROM PANEL CONNECTORS. The
front panel connectors are in two rows along the front of the board where
they are easy to see and get at. They are clearly labeled.
I/O CONNECTORS. There
are PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, 1 printer, two serial, and two USB ports along
the back of the motherboard (the configuration matches all of the Aopen
ATX cases I have reviewed).
THE BOARD HAS THE WINBOND W83781D hardware
monitoring chip and temperature sensors for both the CPU and the system. You
can see these temperatures changing in the CMOS setup. There are three
fan connectors (3-pin) on the motherboard labeled CPU, Power, and Chassis. You
can see real-time RPM values for these fans 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 destroyed by the heat.
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