EPoX 8K9A2+ Gamers Review

Article Index
EPoX 8K9A2+ Gamers Review
Board Info and Features
BIOS Features and Overclocking
SiSoft Sandra and PCMark Tests
OpenGL Gaming Benchmarks
FutureMark's 3DMark Benchmarks
DirectX Gaming Benchmarks
UT2003 Benchmarks
Final Thoughts and Conlusion

Introduction:
 
A while back, I was lucky enough to get ahold of the 8K9A2+ motherboard from Epox. I initially wasn't planning to review this board, but after reading a bunch of other reviews on the web, I felt the need to address some issues, both strong points, and week points that I haven't seen covered. I am not claiming to have a better or more complete review on this board, I am simply covering it from a slightly different angle.
 
Package & Contents:
 

When Epox came to market with this product they wanted to appeal to the consumer in every way imaginable. Not only is this board feature-packed, it's also comes in a pretty package. Epox apparently decided to save trees with the 8K9A2+, and this board comes in a funky plastic box.

 
Who really cares what the box looks like? It's what's inside that counts!
 

Inside you'll find quite the bundle. The Deluxe version of the board comes with a mobo manual, HighPoint manual, Serial ATA manual, Driver CD, 3.5" HighPoint drivers, 3.5" Serial ATA Drivers, Rear USB Bracket, Rear Game Port, Serial ATA cable, IO shield, a Rounded ATA133 Cable, and a Rounded Floppy Cable.

The version I received has all of this, minus the Rounded Cables. . . it came with regular ribbon cables. Either way, it's quite a bundle for a motherboard that is priced $60-$80 less that a comparable ASUS, ABIT, or MSI motherboard.