Motherboard: Epox 8HDA3+ Review :: Introduction

12-12-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Epox has been around as a computer motherboard manufacturing company since February of 1995. Back then I was still on a Pentium 66 MHz CPU on a Intel motherboard running Windows 3.1. Ah those were the days. We've come a long way in computers since then. A lot of companies have gone bankrupt, gone out of the business altogether, been bought by other companies, but Epox is still here. That's a good thing.

Epox manufactures numerous motherboards based upon both Intel and AMD chipsets from several of the chipset vendors including but not limited to Via, Intel, and Nvidia. Having used several of their motherboards over the years including the 8RDA3+ and 4PDA2+, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for their boards. They usually have the features I want in a motherboard, the performance and the stability.

AMD announced their next generation CPU platform on September 15, 2003. The first 64-bit CPU from AMD, the Athlon 64 comes in 2 flavors, a single channel 3200+ Socket 754 platform, and the high-end dual channel Socket 940 Athlon 64 FX CPU. Most will use the Socket 754 motherboards.

Epox introduced the 8HDA3+ at Computex Taipei on 9/26/2003. The 8HDA3 + is Epox's first Athlon 64 motherboard based upon Via's KT800 chipset. They will also make boards based upon the nForce3 chipset and boards based upon other chipsets for the AMD Athlon 64 platform.