EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review :: EPoX AD580 XR Features

04-30-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
Epox EP-AD580 XR Spec Sheet
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Part NumberEP-AD580 XR
ManufacturerEpox
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetAMD 580X CrossFire
North BridgeAMD 580X
SocketSocket AM2 (940)
Processor TypesAthlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 dual-core
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus2000/1600 MT/s
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory16GB
External GraphicsAGP8X, PCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeATI SB600
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1
LANNone
FirewireNone
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
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The AD580 XR board supports all current AMD Socket AM2 CPUs including the FX-62 and 6000+. AMD introduced their AM2 platform last year with support for DDR2 memory. The chipset supports HyperTransport with up to 2 GigaTransfers per second with 16bit up and down links.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Memory Socket

Memory Socket


The RD580 chipset supports up to 16GB of DDR2 800MHz memory. Today, there are few if any 4GB memory modules but they do exist and this board is ready for it. Windows XP 32-bit only supports up to 4GB as a 32-bit operating system can only address 4GB of memory. 8GB or more requires a new operating system like Linux or Windows Vista 64-bit.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Two PCI Express x16 slots

Two PCI Express x16 slots


Crossfire requires the use of two similar ATI video cards. For example, an X1950 XTX and X1900XTX card can work together in Crossfire mode while NVIDIA's solution, SLI requires the same video card for both. ATI's solution has the disadvantage of requiring a "Dongle" for the high-end Crossfire solution. Their X1950 Pros can do Crossfire mode without a Dongle.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review PCI Express x1 slots

PCI Express x1 slots


The board has 2 PCI Express x16 slots for Crossfire mode. The RD580 chipset can run the two cards in x16 mode each. Earlier chipsets based upon the 480 chipset could only run at x8 x8 mode. The rest of the expansion slots on the board include two PCI Express x1 slots and three PCI slots, giving plenty of room for devices such as network cards or an Audigy X-Fi card.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review 4 SATA ports

4 SATA ports

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review 2 SATA ports

2 SATA ports

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review FDD controller

FDD controller


SATA Hard disk drives have taken over the storage options on motherboards today. The EPoX Optimus AD580 XR board has 4 SATA ports controlled by the ATI AHCI controller on the RD580, the standard number which allows for two sets of two drives in RAID 1, a big RAID 0 drive with all four drives or four separate drives, depending on the user's needs. Two other SATA ports along with a PATA port is controlled by a JMB363 RAID controller.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Sound effect

Sound effect

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review 3D Audio demo

3D Audio demo

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review IO

IO

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Microphone

Microphone

EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Mixer

Mixer


Onboard audio is provided by the Realtek ALC883 CODEC which is High Definition Audio standard compliant. HDA added multiple simultaneous audio streams, 7.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Live support and support for the various sound APIs. I prefer to use a separate sound card as the CPU utilization is lower with an add-on card.


EPoX Optimus EP-AD580 XR Motherboard Review Rear IO

Rear IO


The rear IO on the board is typical of many boards on the market today. The standard PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard ports are present, 4 USB 2.0 ports, S/PDIF In/Out ports, Parallel port, RJ-45 jack for the Gigabit Ethernet six jacks for the onboard audio and a COM1 port.