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NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 27th May, 2005


EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra (Introduction)

Continuing our nForce4 Ultra motherboard shootout, we have EPoX's 9NPA+ Ultra. Just like Chaintech, EPoX maintains a very small nForce4 product line-up with only one board for each chipset variation. While they are also known to be very competitive with pricing, EPoX has made a name for themselves in the earlier days as an enthusiast brand that is synonym with good overclocking capabilities, which still holds well even today.

The EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra motherboard.

Packaging contents include the following items:-
  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cable
  • 2 x rounded 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x rounded floppy drive data cable
  • IEEE 1394a (2 ports) bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • Software CD
  • User's manual

    EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    Chipset
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • 20 lanes fixed PCI Express configuration
      • Supports up to 6 PCI  v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
      • Dual controller SATA II architecture
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
      • IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
    • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
    • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
    • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
    Storage
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
      • Supports RAID Morphing
      • Supports cross-controller RAID
    Audio
    • Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out
    Networking
    • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Vittesse SimplyPHY VSC8201 PHY chip (Transceiver)
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • VIA FireIIM VT6307 Host Controller
    • 3 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA II connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 4 x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (2 x header)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)
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