EPoX 4PDA5+ Intel 865PE/ICH4
P4 Mainboard Review (1)
It has been sometime since we last reviewed an EPoX mainboard. Today, we take a look at their latest innovation the EPoX 4PDA5+ Mainboard.
EPoX 4PDA5+ is a Pentium 4 mainboard suitable for the latest Socket 478 processors including the prescott. This mainboard is based on the Intel 865PE chipset. Interestingly, it is the only board that I have come across that incorporates ICH 4 instead of ICH 5 or 5R for the south bridge. So without ICH 5, would you be missing out some of the functionalities. Well, EPoX is smart enough to incorporate a separate SATA controller chipset which supports 4 SATA ports.
Although most SATA offered RAID 0 and 1 only, the EPoX 4PDA5+ that is equipped with the SiliconImage Sil3114 chipset supports up to 4 ports of SATA drives supporting RAID 0,1,10 and 5.
There is also Gigabit LAN on board. Although it is not the CSA on 875P which has a dedicated bandwidth, I think generally speaking, a desktop machine wouldn't really need that kind of dedicated bandwidth for your LAN.
The onboard sound uses a 8 channel Realtek ALC850 chipset.
For Pentiumฎ 4
processors Socket 478 supports 533 and 800 MHz FSB
Intel 865PE + ICH4
4 DDR modules for DDR 333/400 dual channel architecture
5 PCI slots - 1 AGP supports 8X (1.5V graphics card only)
1 Floppy drive controller - 2 serial ports - 1 parallel port
2 standard IDE ports for ATA-100, backwards compatible with ATA-33/66
4 Serial-ATA ports by Sil3114 for ATA-150 drives supports RAID 0,1,10 and 5
4 USB 2.0 ports (2 extra by included USB cable)
Onboard sound, 8 channel by realtek ALC850
Standard ATX format
Gigabit LAN by Marvell 88E8001 with Virtual Cable Net-Diagnostic support
Post port onboard (Diagnostic LED system)
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