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Review of the EpoX 8KHA+ DDR Athlon Motherboard
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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