EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review :: Setup and Installation

12-29-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Motherboard setup is second nature to me by now. The EPoX board was easy to install and had no issues with setup. The first step in installing a new motherboard is taking out the contents of the bundle and making sure everything is there. After all, if the back panel IO is missing, the system will be left open gathering dust.

The second step is to mount the motherboard on the case, assuming the case has been properly prepared with washer placement and motherboard mounting screws readied. We use an open-air test platform that makes it easy for us to take out or install a computer component. The mounting screws were screwed into place with the motherboard.


EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review CPU

CPU


At this point it's a good idea to install the CPU. EPoX did a great job with the area around the CPU as there is clearance all around allowing the use of after market cooling solutions. In this case, I installed our 5000+ test CPU, and the AVC heatsink. The assembly is easy and the power connection for the CPU fan is in the correct position.


EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review 4-pin power

4-pin power

EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power


The 24-pin ATX power connector is behind the CPU cooling area, meaning that the cable will need to be routed over or around the CPU. The 4-pin power connector is on the top right hand corner of the board, allowing easy access to the PSU. The AF570+ does not support SLI, leaving room on the board for a PCI Express x1 above and below the PCI Express x16 slot, and 3 PCI V2.2 compliant slots.


EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review DIMM slots

DIMM slots

EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review Front Panel IO

Front Panel IO


After installing the GeForce 7900GT and attaching the drives, it was time to install the memory modules. The memory modules are situated below the CPU cooling area, making for easy access with or without a video card installed, as the spacing is just about perfect. If you have an 8800GTX card, you know the issues on some cases as the card reaches the end of the cage, theoretically blocking up to four memory slots.

At this stage I was ready to power on the system for the first time. I like to do a minimum boot with a single memory stick, the video card installed and the CPU to see if the board will get past the POST. After the initial boot test, I installed the other stick of memory, attached the hard disks floppy disk and CD-ROM drive and proceeded to install Windows XP with SP2. Note, EPoX does not include a F6 SATA RAID floppy disk, so prepare it beforehand from the Driver CD.