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Review: EPoX 8RDA+ nForce2

by Tarinder Sandhu on 4 December 2002, 00:00

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Specification

Specifications in detail

Processors

  • Supports Socket A (Socket 462) for AMD® Athlon™ / Athlon XP / Duron™ processor
  • Supports 600MHz up to 2166MHz processor and higher (Thoroughbred compatible)
  • Support for 200 / 266FSB / 333FSB processors.

Chipset

  • Northbridge: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP
  • Southbridge: NVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T

System Memory

  • 3 x 184pin DDR DIMM slots
  • DDR200 / DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 support @ 2.5v
  • 3GB maximum system RAM (non-ECC), 2GB for DDR400
  • Dual DDR architecture combines 2 independent 64-bit memory controllers
  • Dual DDR provides up to 6.4GB/s of system bandwidth

Slots

  • One AGP 8/4x AGP compliant (1.5v and 0.8v support)
  • 6 x 32-bit PCI 33MHz slots

On-board peripherals

  • 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD
  • 2 serial ports
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 iRDA connector
  • PS/2 Keyboard
  • PS/2 Mouse
  • 3 Audio Jacks (NVIDIA APU via ALC650)
  • Game Port
  • 6 x USB 2.0 connectors from MCP-T SB (4 on-board + 2 by an additional bracket)
  • Headers for Firewire and USB2.0

On-board IDE

  • An IDE controller on the NForce2 MCP-T chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66/ operation modes
  • Can connect up to 4 IDE devices

Audio

  • NVIDIA 6-channel sound via Realtek ALC650 6-channel CODEC.
  • Supports real time AC3 encoding via hardware

Other features

  • NVIDIA 10/100 LAN via Realtek RTL8201LB physical interface.
  • NVIDIA Firewire support (3x 1394a) via Realtek RTL8801B physical interface

BIOS & Voltages

  • EPoX PowerBIOS
  • FSB speeds of 100MHz - 211MHz
  • 1.1 - 2.2v Vcore adjustable in 0.025v increments
  • 2.5v - 2.9v DDR voltage adjustment
  • 1.5 - 1.8v AGP adjustment in 0.1v increments