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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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Next on to another synthetic benchmark, Vulpine's GLMark, which puts into use all of the latest OpenGL technologies available.  Tests were run at 1024x768x32 with default settings

Pretty close on all fronts here, with the A7N8X jumping out a bit ahead of the pack, and the 8RDA+ is once again pulling up the rear on the NForce2 front. Let's move on to some actual real world gaming benchmarks and see if this trend continues.

For our Unreal Tournament benchmark we've used the nice little set that is provided kindly by the folks over at [H]ardOCP. The default High Quality settings were used at 1024x768x32 resolution, in Direct3D mode.

The same trends that we saw earlier continue here. Finally we'll finish things off with a quick run of Massive Development's Aquamark benchmark test run with default settings

Well now, how’s that for a pleasant surprise, the 8RDA+ actually just squeaks out the win on this one, not that a 0.2 fps advantage is anything to get excited about.

At stock settings the Epox 8RDA+ seems to lags behind it's NForce2 competitors, although never by a substantial margin.  This is contrary to my original expectations since I, like many of you I'm sure, assumed that since the 8RDA+ was using the newest revision of the NForce2 SPP chipset, it would naturally be a little bit ahead of the two comparison boards using the older chipset in terms of performance. Anything the new chipset lacks in speed though it makes up for with it's ability to accommodate the recently released 200mhz FSB Athlon XP chips. 

Now before you write this board off, keep in mind that if there's a single thing that the Epox NForce2 boards have been known for it's been their ability to achieve some sweet overclocked speeds.  We wouldn't be able to call our self hardCOREware if we didn't push this puppy to its limits.  On to the good stuff!

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