EPoX 8K9A2+ Gamers Review - Final Thoughts and Conlusion

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

Conclusion:
 

Although this board performed extremely well in all of the tests, it does have some issues. Until the 4.46 Hyperion drivers, AGP8X wouldn't work very well with the Radeon 9700 series, and you can't select AGP4X in the BIOS. Now that the drivers have apparently fixed this issue, it really isn't relevant. However, there seems to be a conflict between the HighPoint controller and the USB 2.0 controller. If you have any USB 2.0 removable storage (CD-RW or card readers) plugged into your USB 2.0 ports, and you are using RAID, you won't be able to boot. It will lock at the RAID initialization screen. Not a big deal to me, but it's a deal nevertheless.

So here is how it sums up:

This board is a great board. It is rock stable, overclocks well, has tons of features, and has some great performance. It does have a few minor flaws, but nothing that I would cry home to mama about. If you're looking for a top-end board with RAID, you can't get it in the nForce line of mobo's so you might want to check out this board. After getting the latest VIA drivers, I could definately recommend this board to my friends.

Pros:

  • Great bundle of features.
  • Excellent performance and stability.
  • Great Overclocker.

Cons:

  • USB 2.0 Removable Storage conflicts with HPT372 controller.

Thanks to Dallmann Computers for setting me up with this killer mobo.

If you have any questions or comments about this review, please Email me, or better yet, join the forum to discuss it with others.

Ben's Custom Cases gives the EPoX 8K9A2+ a 9/10.