EPoX 8NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

12-19-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The EPoX 8NPA SLI is a rather unique motherboard in the scheme of things today. Owners of a Athlon 64 3200+ Socket 754 CPU or other Socket 754 CPUs may be looking for an upgrade to PCI Express video cards without upgrading the CPU. In that situation, the 8NPA SLI board is a perfect fit. You upgrade to a new motherboard supporting the latest video cards in SLI (PCI Express x16) without the need to upgrade the CPU.

Another use for the system is for the user that wants to buy a Sempron CPU and two video cards. In that situation, this board is less clear, as to my way of thinking if you are buying a Sempron, targeted to the value market in CPUs, buying a SLI motherboard with two video cards is a bit of a weird solution. After all, the cost of this motherboard is $105 USD, making it cost competitive with Socket 939 SLI motherboards.

At the end of the day, the EPoX 8NPA SLI motherboard is a unique solution for a very niche market. AMD is targeting the Socket 754 platform for the value market. None of the CPUs announced or projected for the 754 market will likely come close to performance or features to the next generation of Dual Core Socket M2 CPUs due next year. I am giving this product the Hot Product Award as it allows older system users to incorporate SLI technology into their aging Socket 754 system.