EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review :: The Bundle

12-19-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • 1 Floppy Drive Cable
  • One IDE cable
  • Two SATA Cables
  • 2 4-pin Molex to SATA power connectors
  • One USB 2.0 expansion bracket with two USB 2.0 ports
  • Metal I/O shield
  • SLI bridge connector
  • Manual
  • Multi-language quick installation guide
  • Driver CD

The included bundle of hardware won't win any awards from this reviewer. I generally prefer motherboard makers to include the maximum SATA cables the board can support. EPoX decided to include the basic necessities to get you started in the form of one IDE cable, one floppy cable and two SATA cables. Also included in the bundle is the SLI bridge connector. This is important for the people wanting to run this motherboard in SLI mode.


EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review Hardware bundle

Hardware bundle

EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review USB and Back panel I/O

USB and Back panel I/O

EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review Manuals

Manuals

EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review SLI Bridge

SLI Bridge

EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review EPoX Utilities

EPoX Utilities


One thing about the EPoX included software tools is the inclusion of a "GHOST Monitor" utility. This tool has a transparent texture that appears on Windows desktop. It gives the temperature, the voltage and the CPU usage. If you want to turn it off you need to use Thunder Probe. This utility gives the clock speed, the FSB, the multiplier, the CPU Vcore and the CPU temperature at the main menu. It also measures fan speed, whether the Ghost Monitor is on or not, and has an alarm when the settings are not within specified parameters.