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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [05.14.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Epox
Est. Street Price $116

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The Performance

We've stacked the 8RDA+ up against some stiff competition in the form of two other leading NForce2 motherboards, the Soltek SL-75FRN-L and the Asus A7N8X.  We've also included the KT333a based Soltek SL-75DRV-5 board for a little perspective.

For testing purposes all motherboards were setup with an AIUGA Athlon XP 1700+, 2 sticks of 256MB Samsung PC2700 RAM (synched with CPU FSB and run in a Dual DDR configuration), a Soltek SL-GF4TI4200 (41.09), a WD 20GB Caviar ATA100, 7200rpm, 2MB HDD, and a clean install of Windows XP SP1.  The latest NForce, detonator and Via 4 in 1 drivers were used for each respective motherboard.

On to the benches!

We'll once again start things off with the memory benchmarks to see how successfull each board was in terms on integrating the new duall DDR support.

The 8RDA+ seems to lag slightly behind the other two competing NForce2 board, although the margin is slight. Let's see if things carry over to the Aida32 memory scores

The 8RDA+ still lags slightly behind the other two, although once again the difference is pretty much negligible.

On to some real world gaming benchmarks starting with the ever-popular synthetic 3dmark series of benchmarks.

Without the help of a DX9 compatible video card, these scores really aren't of much use to us, though the 8RDA+ does do a noticeably better job of competing here.  Let's take a step back and check out some DX8 results.

The 8RDA+ finds itself comfortably above the 10,000 mark, but this time pulls slightly ahead of the competition.

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