As far as the board itself goes, it’s usual EPoX fare. Everything from the AGP slot downwards is where it should be. The 3-phase power solution is said by EPoX to improve stability, especially in high speed situations when overclocked. Otherwise layout is identical. Up to 4 IDE devices. We’re looking for the same results here. Anyone with a Epox 8k3a?

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The reason lies in the fact that the Athlon XP can’t make much direct use of the extra bandwidth.

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The bundle is unexciting but that lets EPoX keep the cost down, something we all appreciate. Starting in the top left area we have the main ATX power connector and the 3-phase power regulation circuitry fpox components that feed the CPU socket with power and in turn the rest of the board.

On a DDR system, matching memory clock to CPU host clock front side 8k3s is ideal and latency can be as low as possible. In the following graph, all that is changed is the memory clock via a reboot. Speed will increase by multiplier only.

Overclocking I wont dwell on overclocking for long except to prove the effect of overclocking the front side bus and letting the CPU have greater bandwidth.


Mar 23, Posts: Mar 18, Posts: So all the numbers you’ll see in this review were garnered using the 8k3a The addressable bandwidth increases as CPU host clock increases and the memory clock matches or exceeds it.

Again, predictably, we get what we expected.

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We’ve had the board for a little while but we’ve never been able to make the board work in asynchronous mode and detect any performance increase. AC’97 audio via the southbridge is also supported however I’m a fan of proper hardware solutions since I’ve found VIA southbridge provided solutions tend to degrade under high system load whereas a dedicated solution tends not to. Lets take a look 8i3a the board spec.

Fri Jun 07, 9: Would have been better to see it across both boards however. The numbers are very similar to results we’ve gotten with this CPU on a wide number of boards.

ZivilynBane1 Ars Praefectus Registered: Anyone with a Epox 8k3a? The item is out of stock and estimated delivery date is not known at this time. The fast graphics card allows you to remove it as a bottleneck in the system and leave other variables that influence system performance.

What Sandra is really measuring here is the bandwidth the host processor can make use of from what’s available from the memory controller. Built a machine for my brother-in-law using that board a while back don’t recall exactly — brain is fried, I guess. We are a k83a small business, yet they have always taken the time to make sur….


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At identical clocks, KT and hence the test board will be faster than KT I have been quite pleased with mine. Items that are bought by us when a purchase is made, this generally is for highly expensive 8l3a, items with a very slow run rate or speciality items. They don’t make chipsets and can only work with what they are given. Moving to the right past that circuit and componentry we see the socket itself.

Nothing to look at there. The board overclocks like a champion, epoc all there is to it. No issues with installation at all, as it should be. THe baord was only 85 dollars, I really couldnt pass that up and Ive had good luck with Epox in the past. So on the test board at least, all front side bus frequencies from MHz to MHz let you run the memory clock synchronous or