Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review :: Setup and Bundle

01-20-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Setup of the motherboard went without incident. Frankly, building an Athlon 64 system today is pretty easy. The cooling system we use for our test system simply clamps on one end of the retention mechanism and swing down a lever to lock the CPU HSF into place. The only problem I had was the floppy cable that came with the 9NDA3+ was not of sufficient length to install on my test system, which was a little annoying.

One thing about setup of the 9NDA3+ is the inclusion of a bootable CD-ROM with the SATA drivers on it. Simply set the computer to have the first boot device be the CD-ROM and insert the CD into your drive. Upon reboot, the program will ask you if you want to ignore and go straight to a command prompt, make a Silicon Image SATA disk, or create a NV RAID SATA driver disk. Make your choice and insert a floppy and the SATA driver disk is created for you.

Bundle

  • 1x IDE cable
  • 1x Floppy cable
  • 2x Rounded IDE cables
  • 1x 2-port USB cable
  • 1x 2-port IEEE1394a cable
  • 1X COM2+Game port cable
  • 2x SATA cables+2 SATA power connectors
  • 6x MOSFET heatsinks
  • 1X screwdriver
  • 2 manuals
  • Norton's Internet Security 2004 Software
  • ImageIt
  • ProMagic Plus

Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review Hardware Bundle

Hardware Bundle

Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review Software and manuals

Software and manuals

Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review Tool

Tool


Hardware wise, the 9NDA3+ comes with everything you would possibly want considering the options available on the board. The inclusion of both Rounded IDE cables and a regular IDE cable is welcome. I love rounded cables, as it makes for less mess in my case. The USB port cable brings the total USB ports available out of the box to 6 in this package. 8 USB ports are supported by the chipset, so an additional purchase would be required if you need all 8. It's nice to see a 2 port Firewire cable included in the packaging. I use a digital camera every day and Firewire is a requirement for my uses. The last part of the hardware side of the bundle is 2 SATA cables and power connectors for 2 SATA devices. One note should be made about SATA on the 9NDA3+. There are only two connectors on the motherboard. If you need more, I would suggest the 9NDA3+ version of the board, which has a Marvell controller and 4 total ports.

EPoX included some extras with their bundle that I wasn't expecting. Included in a little plastic pouch is something called their Power Pack. Here you'll find your driver CD, and manuals for the motherboard. Also in the Power Pack is 6 MOSFET heatsinks to cool MOSFETs on the board, and a screwdriver with both a Phillips head and flat head attachment. This shows the care EPoX put into the motherboard bundle.


Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review
Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review
Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review
Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review
Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review
Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review

Software wise the bundle is excellent as well. Pro Magic Plus is an excellent piece of software for those needing system recovery software. With it you can restore your system to a previous time with a reboot of the computer. Windows XP has a similar program called System Recovery built-in. It's rather limited in scope, however compared to Pro Magic Plus. Image It is similar but allows you to back up your software to a hard drive partition or a CD. Norton's Internet Security combines Norton's AntiVirus software with Norton's Internet Firewall Software to provide security against viruses and hackers.