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Dual Socket A boards from Asus and Epox

Dual Socket A boards from Asus and Epox

Almost at the same time as the presentation of the AMD 760MPX chipset, Asus and Epox have also announced their dual socket A solutions. According to the press release, the Asus board will be shipped in large numbers with immediate effect, but it is still unclear when the Epox will be available. This board is therefore completely free of chipset parts from other manufacturers. Furthermore, the mandatory connections supported by the new chipset version are offered (1xAGP, 3x PCI 33MHz/32Bit, 2xPCI 64MHz/64Bit, 4 * DIMM sockets for PC1600/2100 RAM, 2 * ATA-100 IDE ports etc.).

Interesting differences are more in the details. The layout of the Epox board looks a bit more spacious, especially in the immediate vicinity of the two CPU sockets, although an Intel 100MBit network chip is also offered here and an additional 4-pin connector, as with the Pentium4 boards, is intended to stabilize the power supply . Asus, on the other hand, relies on the AGPpro slot, which is not too useful for home users, finally sensible hardware monitoring that the internal thermal diode of the AthlonMP/XP can read, and a CPU overheat protection. Asus emphasizes that if only two DIMM modules are used, normal DDR RAM can also be used, and registered DDR modules do not have to be used. This note is (still?) Missing for Epox. Of course, both boards are in the usual ATX format and should therefore not cause any major problems during installation. The message from Epox is already ready, while at Asus they probably prefer to produce the board first and then the accompanying homepage.