Motherboard: Epox 8HDA3+ Review :: Conclusion

12-12-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

I'm impressed as always by Epox's new motherboard, the 8HDA3+. Epox went all out in designing this board with the features that anyone would want, solid performance that is on-par with other Via KT800 motherboards, and a solid bundle that fits this motherboard's themes nicely.

It's a close competition as to which KT800 or nForce3 motherboard I would use for the AMD Athlon 64 CPU and one that I haven't really decided in my mind yet. At the end of the day, however, Epox's board may win my vote simply because it has a SPDIF port onboard, which neither the Soyo CK8 nor the Gigabyte board sport onboard.

To be honest, 6 SATA connectors is a bit of overkill at the moment. However, they are present on this board and as a added bonus, does not affect the features score. The only nitpick I have with Epox's board is I wish Epox and every motherboard manufacturer would include the USB cables for the maximum allowed by the board, and a Firewire cable as well. These need to be purchased separately.

If you're in the market for a feature-rich Athlon 64 Socket 754 board, the Epox 8HDA3+ fits the bill very nicely. And if you're looking for a board with a lot of room for expansion this is it. You're not left wanting for SATA, or for PCI slots or much of anything else that I haven't already enumerated.