The Epox 8HDA3+ is clearly a very competent workstation motherboard. It features the performance and stability we've come to expect from Epox boards, and should
VIA currently produce the best Athlon64 core logic. Ali is way off in the rear with a lack of tangible features, and the nForce3, while extremely feature packed and competent, can't quite keep up to the K8T800 because of slightly slower hypertransport links.
The K8T800 is very fast and does not seem to be plagued by compatibility problems that most first generation VIA chipsets have suffered. Memory bandwidth and performance has traditionally been VIA's weak point but with the memory controller built into the processor that's one less thing for VIA to worry about. Additionally, a lot of work has gone into the K8T800 to ensure it operates with full 16-bit, 800MHz Hypertransport links, both upstream and down.
The Epox 8HDA3+ is a fairly well equipped motherboard with 5.1 channel audio, dual Ethernet ports (GbE
There are only a few things I feel I need to complain about and number one is that Epox does not allow the end user to adjust the memory timings. Without that, the board came in behind the reference boards, albeit very slightly. Epox's 8HDA3+ is a good workstation motherboard, providing a completely stable system platform from our tests. The AMD Athlon64's future is very bright, and I'm sure the 8HDA3+ will do well.
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