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EPoX EP-8NPA SLi Mainboard Intro 1/5
Bluetooth 13 Sep 2005

EPoX EP-8NPA SLi

SLi technology has always been for the gamers who needed super high powered machines. You would have noticed that most or all of the existing SLI boards are all based on the higher speed processors based on Socket 939 processor. This leaves the earlier adoptors of Socket 754 procesor left with no way to try out SLi technology since no manufacturers have that kind of solution.

EPoX, being one of the innovative overclocking friendly board makers come to the rescue with thie EPoX 8NPA SLi board. As far as I know, EPoX 8NPA SLI is the first board in the market that supports the Socket 754 processor and provides two PCIe x 8 slots to operate in SLi mode.

Based on the NF4 SLi chipset, the board supports Socket-754 based AMD Athlon-64/Sempron up to 3700+ with 1.6GTs HyperTransport processor. Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets supports up to single-sided or double-sided 2.5v DDR-333/400 DIMMs with a total memory of 2GB.

Althogh it is a Socket 754, it does provide what its 939 brother - 9NPA+SLi provides, that 10 USB connectors compliant with USB2.0 from embedded USB controller (4 connectors at rear panel).  It also has two IDE ports (up to 4 IDE devices) with UDMA-33, ATA-66/100/133 support from embedded IDE controller. There is also S-ATA II RAID, four S-ATA II ports from nForce4 SLi with nV RAID and up to 3Gbps bandwidth , nV Disk Alert. GbE LAN is also equipped with nV Firewall 2.0 , Active Armor.

There are also abundant overclocking features built onboard in the PowerBIOS. They include ram timing adjustments, voltage adjustments (vdimm up to 3.1v, Vcore). FSB up to 400MHz, Maxmemclk etc (see gallery for more).

Although the mainboard is featured packed, EPoX has removed some of the usual goodies from the package. In any case, the provided pack includes the USB bracket, balck plate, SLI bridge, IDE, SATA cables,

 

 

 

Specifications

CPU Socket:
Support Socket-754 based AMD Athlon-64/Sempron up to 3700+ with 1.6GTs HyperTransport processor

System Memory:
Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets
Support single-sided or double-sided 2.5v DDR-333/400 DIMMs with dual channel architecture in 128/256/512Mb technologies
Support Asynchronous clocking mode between FSB and DIMM
Support up to 2GB system memory

Chipset:
nVidia nForce4 SLI AGPset

Expansion Slots:
Two PCI connectors compliant with PCI v2.2
Two PCI Express (x1) connectors compliant with PCI Express 1.0a
Two PCI Express (x16) connectors compliant with PCI Express 1.0a to support SLi technology
(Without SLI MXM connector)

USB:
Ten USB connectors compliant with USB2.0 from embedded USB controller (4 connectors at rear panel).

P-ATA IDE:
Two IDE ports (up to 4 IDE devices) with UDMA-33, ATA-66/100/133 support from embedded IDE controller.

S-ATA II RAID:
Four S-ATA II ports from nForce4 SLi with nV RAID and up to 3Gbps bandwidth , nV Disk Alert

LAN:
1Gb Ethernet from onboard VITESS VSC8201RX Gigabit Ethernet PHY.
Support nV Firewall 2.0 , Active Armor

Audio:
Selectable 2 or 6-CH audio from onboard RealTek ALC65X ACí97 v2.3 compliant CODEC.
Support Aux-In, CD-In
Rear panel audio jacks configuration;
For 2-channel mode; stereo Line-out (green), stereo Line-In (blue) and Mic-In (pink)
For 6-channel mode; Front stereo-out(green), Rear stereo-out (blue), Center and Sub-woofer (pink)
Support Front panel audio for Mic-In and stereo Line-out only. (Front panel Line-out electrically shared with rear panel Line-out)
Support Auto Jack Sensing for fool-proof audio device installation
Support SPDIF Coaxial output.
 


I/O:
Onboard Fintek F71872F LPC I/O controller
Legacy peripheral interface for PS/2 keyboard & mouse, FDD, COM, IrDA (v1.0 compliant), Ö
Support Hardware Monitoring function such as fan speed monitoring and CPU temperature sensing.
Support Smart FAN Control

BIOS:
4Mb Flash EEPROM with Award Plug & Play BIOS
Support EZ Boot for fast bootable device selection
Support Magic Health for system hardware status report during system boot-up

Special Features:
◎Support KBPO (Keyboard Power ON) function
◎Support Wake-On-LAN by PME
◎Onboard Post-Port LED display , EZ-Button
◎Support CPU Over Heat protect
◎Support CPU, Chassis and Power FAN speed control.
◎PowerBIOS for excellent over clocking features:
Support Asynchronous FSB/DIMM timing mode
Support BIOS adjustable CPU clock and voltage, DIMM frequency and voltage settings.

Powerful utilities for Windows:
USDM (Unified System Diagnostic Manager) for system hardware monitoring
Magic Flash for BIOS update without requiring DOS flash utility and bootable diskette
Magic Screen for personal bootup screen design


Form Factor:
305mm x 225mm x 40mm, ATX Size

Accessories
Userís manual, IO shield , Power Pack CD for drivers, utilities and bundle software
Round IDE & FDD cables . S-ATA data and power cable
Optional Thermo stick cable

Others: nTune support

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