Motherboard: Epox 8RDA3+ Review :: Conclusion

06-23-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The Epox 8RDA3+ is an excellent board based upon NVIDIA's nForce2 400 Ultra chipset. It's pretty clear from the bundled hardware components that Epox really went all out with this board. The bundled 4 USB ports onboard, dual LANs, Firewire, Serial ATA and other included features provide for a well-rounded board that has few equals in this category, with only Asus's A7N8x Deluxe coming close.

It's a bit unfortunate that Epox didn't include the supported S/PDIF and extra USB cable (both are available from the distributors of the motherboard or Epox themselves. Had these two cables been included, I would have been hard pressed to find problems with the features of this board at all. As it is this board extremely close to a perfect 40 score in the features category and near the top in the other categories as well.

Performance, stability and compatibility are exactly in-line with other nForce2 motherboards I've used. Had I tried a Barton CPU or 400MHz FSB CPU which the board fully supports, I'm confident that the performance would have excelled. On our standard 2200+ XP with 512MB test system, the benchmark scores were as close to identical to the Soltek SL75-MRN-L, as to be statistically insignificant.

After a lot of thought, and comparing this board with Soltek's SL75-MRN-L and Asus's A7N8x Deluxe, I've decided that this motherboard will remain in my main Athlon test system. I really like the included features (Rounded ATA cables are great!) and the performance is close enough as to make the choice rather easy. It replaces my Asus A7N8x Deluxe in my personal system. At least till we get Athlon 64 in the next few month.