Epox 9NPA+ Ultra Motherboard Review :: Introduction

04-06-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

One of the big changes in computers over the last year has been the introduction and adoption of the PCI Express interface, replacing the AGP interface of the last 7 years. Intel announced their first chipsets that supported PCI Express in the middle of last year, AMD followed suit late in the year with their partners.

Epox 9NPA+ Ultra Motherboard Review

NVIDIA has been at the forefront of the AMD platform for the last couple of years, starting with the superior nForce2 platform. Late last year NVIDIA introduced the nForce4 platform with three different chipsets covering the gamut from the mid-range to the very high end in the form of nForce4, nForce4 Ultra and nForce4 SLI. Much attention has been put upon the SLI boards, as they allow the consumer to run two video cards at the same time, but what about the nForce4 Ultra?

Epox has been a motherboard manufacturer making boards for several years starting in 1995. A relatively new company compared to stalwarts like Gigabyte and Asus, EPoX nonetheless is considered a stalwart in the Taiwanese computing industry. They manufacture motherboards, video cards and other computer equipment. When NVIDIA announced the nForce4 platform, EPoX also announced their boards based upon the new chipsets.