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Epox 8K7A+ Socket A - Epox 8K7A+ Socket A
Tue Aug 14, 2001 | 6:04P| PermaLink
If you are a hardware enthusiast and have been following the battle between AMD and Intel, you are no doubt familiar with the Athlon and DDR (Double Data Rate) memory. When the Pentium 4 was first introduced, even the most die-hard AMD fanatics marveled at the impressive memory bandwidth scores Intel's flagship processor, coupled with RDRAM, was capable of. Not to be outdone, AMD set out to find an alternative to standard SDRAM that could provide increased memory bandwidth to their platform. AMD, among a few other major players, decided to embrace DDR memory. To take advantage of the increased bandwidth associated with DDR memory though, a new motherboard chipset had to be designed. Hence the introduction of the AMD 760 chipset. The product we will be taking a look at today, the Epox 8K7A+, is a hybrid motherboard equipped with an AMD 761 Northbridge and a VIA 686B Southbridge. Having no prior experience with an Epox product, I was eager to test the 8K7A+. Soon after it arrived in our lab, we installed it and ran it through the wringer. Did the engineers at Epox produce a quality product that does the AMD / VIA / DDR combination justice? Read on and find out...

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